Plant Care Indian hemp

Indian hemp

About Indian hemp

Indian Hemp is a bushy member of the dogbane family that may grow to 5 feet tall. All parts of this plant exude a milky juice when bruised and all plant parts are considered highly toxic to humans and mammals. This plant typically grows in the wild in dry rocky or open woods, glades and prairies. Stems are fibrous and were important to Indigenous communities for making rope products.

Taxonomy

Apocynum cannabinum
Apocynum
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

Also known as

Dogbane, Amy root, Hemp dogbane, Prairie dogbane, Rheumatism root and Wild cotton

How to care for Indian hemp

Water

How often to water your Indian hemp

Water needs for Indian hemp
0.5 cups
every 9

Indian hemp 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 Indian hemp

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Indian hemp in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Indian hemp: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Indian hemp love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Indian hemp does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Indian hemp

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Indian hemp can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


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Care Summary for Indian hemp

Indian hemp

Indian hemp


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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