Plant Care California Milkweed

California Milkweed

Also known as

round-hood milkweed and woolly milkweed

Taxonomy

Asclepias californica
Asclepias
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

How to care for California Milkweed

💦 Water

How often to water your California Milkweed

Water needs for California Milkweed
0.5 cups
every 9

California Milkweed 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 California Milkweed

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for California Milkweed in your home

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

California Milkweed love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

California Milkweed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize California Milkweed

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

California Milkweed 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.

California Milkweed Water Frequency →

California Milkweed Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

California Milkweed 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 🏡.

California Milkweed Light Requirements →

California Milkweed 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.


🪴 Soil

California Milkweed is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for California Milkweed →

When and How to Successfully Repot California Milkweed →


💩 Fertilizer

California Milkweed 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!


🧐 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 California Milkweed

California Milkweed

California Milkweed


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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