4.5 out of 5 (2 experiences)
Also known as
Butterfly flower, Silkweed, Silky swallow-wort and Virginia silkweed
How to care for Common Milkweed
How often to water your Common Milkweed
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 Tucson, Arizona.
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 Common Milkweed in your home
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 🚫.
Tucson, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Common Milkweed
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.
Common Milkweed is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
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 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 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.
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.
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!
Common Milkweed grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Milkweed can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Care Summary for Common Milkweed
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Tucson, Arizona, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.