Plant Care False indigo-bush

False indigo-bush

About False indigo-bush

False Indigo is a deciduous native shrub in the Fabaceae (bean) family. It is typically found growing in moist open woodlands, roadsides, canyons, floodplains, gravel bars, stream and pond banks, and along swamp edges. Plant in the full sun to partial shade moist to dry soil. It spreads easily by seeds and suckers.


Amorpha fruticosa

Also known as

Desert false indigo and Bastard indigobush

How to care for False indigo-bush


How often to water your False indigo-bush

Water needs for False indigo-bush
0.5 cups
every 9

False indigo-bush 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for False indigo-bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant False indigo-bush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

False indigo-bush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

False indigo-bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of False indigo-bush in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize False indigo-bush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for False indigo-bush: 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 False indigo-bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

False indigo-bush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for False indigo-bush

False indigo-bush

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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