Plant Care Careless Weed

Careless Weed

Also known as

Common amaranth and Redroot amaranth

Taxonomy

Amaranthus retroflexus
Amaranthus
Amaranthaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Careless Weed

💦 Water

How often to water your Careless Weed

Water needs for Careless Weed
0.5 cups
every 9

Careless Weed 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 Careless Weed

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Careless Weed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Careless Weed: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Careless Weed love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Careless Weed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Careless Weed

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Careless Weed: 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 Careless Weed after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Careless Weed is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Careless Weed →

Common Careless Weed Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Careless Weed 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.

Careless Weed Water Frequency →

Careless Weed Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Careless Weed 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 🏡.

Careless Weed Light Requirements →

Careless Weed Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Careless Weed is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Careless Weed is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


🪴 Soil

Careless Weed 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 Careless Weed →

When and How to Successfully Repot Careless Weed →


💩 Fertilizer

Careless Weed should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Careless Weed grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Careless Weed →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Careless Weed can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Careless Weed Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Careless Weed can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 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 Careless Weed

Careless Weed

Careless Weed


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.

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