Plant Care Ardisia Elliptica

Ardisia Elliptica

4.9 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Ardisia Elliptica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Ardisia Elliptica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Shoebutton, Shoebutton, Duck's Eye and Coralberry


Ardisia elliptica

How to care for Ardisia Elliptica


How often to water your Ardisia Elliptica

Water needs for Ardisia Elliptica
0.5 cups
every 9

Ardisia Elliptica 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 Ardisia Elliptica

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Shoebutton in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ardisia Elliptica: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Ardisia Elliptica may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Ardisia Elliptica

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

Difficulty Level

Ardisia Elliptica is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Ardisia Elliptica

Ardisia Elliptica

Ardisia Elliptica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Ardisia Elliptica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Ardisia Elliptica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Ardisia Elliptica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
@PlantyGoddess avatar
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 9,648 XP
globe Woolwich Township, NJ

Pretty easy plant I’ve had zero issues and if I forget once I see the top leaves droop I know it’s time for a good watering.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@justshayla avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 466 XP

It looks really nice and full when healthy. Only downside for myself is it’s not considered pet friendly.

Survivor Survivor

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