Plant Care Acanthus Mollis

Acanthus Mollis

4.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Acanthus Mollis has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Acanthus Mollis has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Bear's Breeches, Bear's Breeches, Sea dock, Bearsfoot and Oyster plant

Taxonomy

Acanthus mollis
Acanthus
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Acanthus Mollis

💦 Water

How often to water your Acanthus Mollis

Water needs for Acanthus Mollis
0.5 cups
every 9

Acanthus Mollis needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Acanthus Mollis

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bear's Breeches in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Acanthus Mollis: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Acanthus Mollis love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Acanthus Mollis does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Acanthus Mollis in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Acanthus Mollis

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Acanthus Mollis: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Acanthus Mollis after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Acanthus Mollis is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Bear's Breeches →

Common Bear's Breeches Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Acanthus Mollis prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Bear's Breeches Water Frequency →

Bear's Breeches Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Acanthus Mollis requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Bear's Breeches Light Requirements →

Bear's Breeches Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Acanthus Mollis does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bear's Breeches →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bear's Breeches →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Acanthus Mollis is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Bear's Breeches →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Acanthus Mollis can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bear's Breeches Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Acanthus Mollis can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Acanthus Mollis

Acanthus Mollis

Acanthus Mollis


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Acanthus Mollis has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Acanthus Mollis has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Acanthus Mollis has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Oz mon avatar
@Oz mon
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 331 XP
globe Palo Alto, CA
05/27/2021

They just pop anywhere shady in the garden. Can’t stop them

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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