Plant Care American Basswood

American Basswood

Also known as

Carolina Basswood, Carolina Basswood, American linden and American basswood


Tilia americana

How to care for American Basswood

💦 Water

How often to water your American Basswood

Water needs for American Basswood
0.5 cups
every 9

American Basswood 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 American Basswood

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Carolina Basswood in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Basswood: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Basswood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

American Basswood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Basswood

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Carolina Basswood →

Common Carolina Basswood Problems →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Basswood 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 🏡.

Carolina Basswood Light Requirements →

Carolina Basswood Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

American Basswood is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

🪴 Soil

American Basswood 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 Carolina Basswood →

When and How to Successfully Repot Carolina Basswood →

💩 Fertilizer

American Basswood grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

American Basswood grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Carolina Basswood →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Basswood can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Carolina Basswood Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

🧐 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 American Basswood

American Basswood

American Basswood

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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