Plant Care Japanese Ardisia

Japanese Ardisia

About Japanese Ardisia

Marlberry is an evergreen, low-growing shrub that measures 8-12 inches in height. The shrub is native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and is found in mixed forests or bamboo woods. Marlberry is used in Chinese herbal medicine.


Ardisia japonica

Also known as


How to care for Japanese Ardisia


How often to water your Japanese Ardisia

Water needs for Japanese Ardisia
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Ardisia 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 Japanese Ardisia

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Japanese Ardisia in your home

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

Japanese Ardisia 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 Japanese Ardisia

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

Difficulty Level

Japanese Ardisia 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 Japanese Ardisia

Japanese Ardisia

Japanese Ardisia

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.

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