About Black Chokeberry
Arania melanocarpa is a deciduous shrub from the Rosaceae family. It is native to Eastern North America and can be used as a shrub in borders or in more open wooded gardens. The common name, Chokeberry, references its tart and bitter berries.
How to care for Black Chokeberry
How often to water your Black Chokeberry
Black Chokeberry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Black Chokeberry in your home
Black Chokeberry 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 Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.
Black Chokeberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Black Chokeberry
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 Black Chokeberry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Black Chokeberry is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Black Chokeberry prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Black Chokeberry requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Black Chokeberry does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Black Chokeberry grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Black Chokeberry grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Black Chokeberry can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of Black Chokeberry can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Care Summary for Black Chokeberry
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.