Plant Care Desert Saltbush

Desert Saltbush

Also known as

Desert saltbush, Allscale, Cattle spinach, Allscale saltbush and Cattle saltbush

Taxonomy

Atriplex polycarpa
Atriplex
Amaranthaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Desert Saltbush

💦 Water

How often to water your Desert Saltbush

Water needs for Desert Saltbush
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Saltbush 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Desert Saltbush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Saltbush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Saltbush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Desert Saltbush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Desert Saltbush

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Desert Saltbush 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Desert Saltbush 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Desert Saltbush will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🧐 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 Desert Saltbush

Desert Saltbush


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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