How to Grow Care for a Coral Berry Plant – Ardisia Crenata

A friend of mine has a plant she calls a Coral Berry. I want to get one like it, but I don’t know how to care for it. My friend’s plant seems to be going downhill. Can you give me some plant care advice before I buy one. Appreciate it..


Coral Berry Plant (Ardisia Crenata ): I love this plant! The common names for the Ardesia Crenata are Coral Berry plant or Christmas Berry plant. The plant has attractive, shiny, green leaves and usually flowers during the summer; however, it is the red berries that a Coral berry plant produces around Christmas that makes this such a special plant.  Here are some plant tips on how to grow and how to care for a Coral Berry plant.

Red berries and leathery green leaves on Coral berry plant-Houseplant411
Ardisia Crenate-Coral Berry Plant

How much light does a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant need: This plant grows well in bright indirect light. Avoid putting a Coral Berry plant in the direct sun or the leaves may get ugly brown marks and the bright red berries begin to shrivel up.

How to water a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant: Keep the soil of a Coral berry plant barely moist in the spring and summer at all times. During the fall and winter when the plant is resting water less, allowing the soil to dry out a bit before you water.

Best temperature for a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant: A Coral Berry plant prefers temperatures of 60°-75°F (15°-24°C) during the day and nighttime temperatures above 45°F (8°C). When the temperature is too high, a Coral Berry plant won’t produce any red berries.

How to feed a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant: Fertilize a Coral Berry plant monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a well-balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed only once or twice in the winter months when the plant is resting.

Proper soil for a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant: Use a good, indoor potting soil for a Coral berry plant that retains moisture but still drains well.

How to propagate a Coral Berry  ((Ardisia Crenata) plant): A Coral berry plant is propagated using stem tip cuttings. The best time for propagation is during the spring and summer. Read more about how to propagate plants using stem tip cuttings in the Glossary of the website.

Pot size for a Coral Berry (Ardisia Crenata) plant: Repot a Coral Berry plant, when necessary, in the spring. Use the next size pot and nothing larger. be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can drain out.