Plant Care Annual Sow Thistle

Annual Sow Thistle

Also known as

Common Sowthistle, Common Sowthistle, Sow thistle, Common sowthistle, Smooth sow thistle, Annual sow thistle, Hare's colwort, Hare's thistle, Milky tassel, Milk thistle, Soft thistle and Swinies

Taxonomy

Sonchus oleraceus
Sonchus
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for Annual Sow Thistle

Water

How often to water your Annual Sow Thistle

Water needs for Annual Sow Thistle
0.5 cups
every 9

Annual Sow Thistle needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 Annual Sow Thistle

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Growing Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans right now

Light needs for plant Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans, Louisiana

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 27th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in New Orleans is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunlight will increase by 21.7% ☀️

January 27th, 2023

New Orleans is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New Orleans is expected to increase by 21.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.4 megajoules of energy …

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Light needs for plant Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans, Louisiana

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 27th, 2023

This month, New Orleans is getting an average of 7.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of …

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Finding light for Common Sowthistle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Annual Sow Thistle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Annual Sow Thistle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New Orleans, Louisiana ⛅.

Annual Sow Thistle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Annual Sow Thistle

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

When to repot Annual Sow Thistle

Nutrient needs for plant Annual Sow Thistle in New Orleans, Louisiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2023

The growing potential in New Orleans is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Annual Sow Thistle is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Annual Sow Thistle

Annual Sow Thistle

Annual Sow Thistle


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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