Plant Care Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica

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About Aucuba Japonica

Spotted laurel is a woody, broadleaf, evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It is native to East Asia and Japan, but has become well adapted to the Southeastern United States. It grows 6 to 10 feet tall, unless pruned shorter. It can be propagated by seed or stem cutting.

Taxonomy

Aucuba japonica
Aucuba
Garryaceae
Garryales

Also known as

Japanese Laurel, Japanese Laurel, Spotted laurel, Japanese aucuba and Gold dust plant

How to care for Aucuba Japonica

💦 Water

How often to water your Aucuba Japonica

Water needs for Aucuba Japonica
0.5 cups
every 9

Aucuba Japonica 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 Aucuba Japonica

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Japanese Laurel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Aucuba Japonica: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Aucuba Japonica love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Aucuba Japonica does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Aucuba Japonica

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Japanese Laurel →

Common Japanese Laurel Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Aucuba Japonica 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.

Japanese Laurel Water Frequency →

Japanese Laurel Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Aucuba Japonica 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 🏡.

Japanese Laurel Light Requirements →

Japanese Laurel Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Aucuba Japonica 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

Aucuba Japonica does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Japanese Laurel →


💩 Fertilizer

Aucuba Japonica 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Japanese Laurel →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Aucuba Japonica grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Japanese Laurel →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Aucuba Japonica can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Japanese Laurel Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Aucuba Japonica can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Japanese Laurel →


🧐 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 Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica


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

Aucuba Japonica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Aucuba Japonica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Aucuba Japonica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
@Teapott73 avatar
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leaf-1 43 Plants
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11/28/2021

I noticed clovers growing in this pot. After researching 🥸clovers advantages and disadvantages, it appears the soils PH level is off balance. Ooh no,, Shakira’s soil maybe lacking nitrogen 🥺. I’m sure that other have gone through a similar situation. Did you keep or pull the clover?? I’m leaning towards pulling them because it is such a beautiful plant. Can someone share the best fertilizer supplement to rectify this problem.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@kynleet_230 avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 196 XP
globe Angleton, TX
08/11/2021

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