Plant Care Kinnikinnick


About Kinnikinnick

Kinnikinnick is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Kinnikinnick likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Kinnikinnick belongs to the Arctostaphylos genus, and is native to the Temperate Northern Hemisphere.


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Also known as

Red bearberry and Bearberry

How to care for Kinnikinnick


How often to water your Kinnikinnick

Water needs for Kinnikinnick
0.5 cups
every 9

Kinnikinnick 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 Kinnikinnick

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 Kinnikinnick in your home

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

Kinnikinnick love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Kinnikinnick does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Kinnikinnick

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

Difficulty Level

Kinnikinnick 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 Kinnikinnick



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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