Plant Care Arundinaria Gigantea

Arundinaria Gigantea

Also known as

Switchcane, Switchcane, Rivercane, Giant cane, River cane and Switch cane


Arundinaria gigantea

How to care for Arundinaria Gigantea

💦 Water

How often to water your Arundinaria Gigantea

Water needs for Arundinaria Gigantea
0.5 cups
every 9

Arundinaria Gigantea 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 Arundinaria Gigantea

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Switchcane in your home

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

Arundinaria Gigantea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Arundinaria Gigantea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Arundinaria Gigantea

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Arundinaria Gigantea 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!

Benefits of Growing Switchcane →

Common Switchcane Problems →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Arundinaria Gigantea 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 🏡.

Switchcane Light Requirements →

Switchcane Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.

Switchcane Toxicity to Cats →

Switchcane Toxicity to Dogs →

Switchcane Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Arundinaria Gigantea 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!

Best Soil Mix for Switchcane →

When and How to Successfully Repot Switchcane →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Arundinaria Gigantea is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Switchcane →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Arundinaria Gigantea can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Switchcane Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Arundinaria Gigantea

Arundinaria Gigantea

Arundinaria Gigantea

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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