Plant Care Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

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Also known as

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


Asclepias syriaca

How to care for Common Milkweed


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 located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Common Milkweed in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

36% Very Low

Growing Common Milkweed in Charlotte right now

Light needs for plant Common Milkweed in Charlotte, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 30th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Charlotte is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Common Milkweed in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sunlight will increase by 29.2% ☀️

January 30th, 2023

Charlotte is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Charlotte is expected to increase by 29.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant Common Milkweed in Charlotte, North Carolina

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

January 30th, 2023

This month, Charlotte is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of da…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Charlotte, North Carolina ⛅.

Common Milkweed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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