Plant Care Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

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Common Milkweed has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky swallow-wort and Virginia silkweed

Taxonomy

Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

How to care for Common Milkweed

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Milkweed

Water needs for Common Milkweed
0.5 cups
every 9

Common 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 Common Milkweed

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Milkweed in your home

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

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

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

Common Milkweed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Milkweed

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Common Milkweed is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Common Milkweed →

Common Common Milkweed Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Common 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.

Common Milkweed Water Frequency →

Common Milkweed Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common 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 🏡.

Common Milkweed Light Requirements →

Common Milkweed Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Common Milkweed is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Common 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 Common Milkweed →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Milkweed →


💩 Fertilizer

Common 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Common Milkweed grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Common Milkweed →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Milkweed can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Milkweed Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 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 Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

Common 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.

What other plant parents say

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