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Calibrachoa hybrida 'Callie Orange'

Million Bells

Bright Orange w/ Red Eye

Calibrachoa Callie's are great plants to add to any floral environment. Their high versatility makes them a wise choice as a filler or border plant. Enjoy many different beautiful bell shaped flowers in a variety of colors. Create a beautiful combination or accent window boxes and hanging baskets with colorful trailing Callies. The Callie series has a spread of 12-16 inches, requiring a space of 8-10 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 4-8 inches. The ability to thrive in full or part sun, complement many other plants of flowers, or simply stand-alone make it a great choice for your home or garden. In particular, Callie Orange exhibits a bright orange flower with a red eye.

Height: 4-8 Inches

Spread: 12-16 Inches

USDA Zone: 9 to 11

Color: Bi-Color, Orange, Red

Interesting Notes:

Since 2005, the Calibrachoa Callie series, part of the GoldFisch line of Vegetative annuals, has received over 30 trial awards. Calibrachoa in this variety have a strong root system and are more tolerant of higher pH soils, allowing for healthier growth. This tolerance also creates a more uniform trailing growth habit. The Callie series produces an abundance of bell-shaped flowers on low mounding, heat tolerant plants that will thrive in hot afternoon sun. Plant in containers or landscapes and watch them bloom all summer long.

Calibrachoa Callie is a trailing plant, featuring a variety of captivating colors. It is commonly used as a spiller in container combinations, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Callie can also be used in mass planting, as a border or edging crop, as ground cover, or as a component plant in mixed combinations. Key features of this variety include full sun exposure, no deadheading, heat tolerance, and frost tolerance.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Healthy Calibrachoa Callie should be sturdy at 4-8 inches tall with a 12-16 inch spread. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich green foliage and healthy vibrant bright orange flowers with a red eye as indication of the plants care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Calibrachoa Callie is a full sun annual that tolerates the heat well. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plants safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Calibrachoa Callie will last from late spring, through the summer, until the end of fall.

Calibrachoa Callie is a low maintenance plant that does not require deadheading. Fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. The Callie is also drought tolerant, but should be watered a few times a week. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant's main stem, avoiding wetting the plant's foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. When watering your plants, it is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

Another great feature of Calibrachoa Callie is their bloom production. These trailing beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well-shaped. After pinching back, your plants should begin to bloom again within 1-2 weeks.

Because the Callie series is a trailing plant that requires constant moisture, pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created under their foliage. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the planting area of holes where such pests can live. Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Callie's, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant's leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies


  • Frost Tolerant
  • Mini Flower
  • Profuse Flowering
  • No Deadheading
  • Heat Tolerant

Design Use:

  • Window Boxes
  • Border
  • Trellis / Wall
  • Filler
  • Mass Planting
  • Versatile
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Edging
  • Container


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Semi Trailing

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Moist