Plant Care Beefsteak


4.2 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Beefsteak has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Beefsteak has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Herbst's Bloodleaf, Herbst's Bloodleaf, Coracoa-Magoado, Chicken Gizzard, Joseph's Coat and Yellow Bloodleaf


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How to care for Beefsteak

💦 Water

How often to water your Beefsteak

Water needs for Beefsteak
0.5 cups
every 9

Beefsteak 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 Beefsteak

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Herbst's Bloodleaf in your home

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

Beefsteak love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Beefsteak does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Beefsteak

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Beefsteak is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Herbst's Bloodleaf Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Beefsteak 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.

Herbst's Bloodleaf Water Frequency →

Herbst's Bloodleaf Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Beefsteak 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 🏡.

Herbst's Bloodleaf Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 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.

Herbst's Bloodleaf Toxicity to Cats →

Herbst's Bloodleaf Toxicity to Dogs →

Herbst's Bloodleaf Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Beefsteak doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Herbst's Bloodleaf Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Beefsteak 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 Herbst's Bloodleaf →

When and How to Successfully Repot Herbst's Bloodleaf →

💩 Fertilizer

Beefsteak should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Herbst's Bloodleaf →

🌎 Native Region

Beefsteak is native to Tropical Americas.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Herbst's Bloodleaf →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Beefsteak can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Herbst's Bloodleaf Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Beefsteak can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Herbst's Bloodleaf →

🧐 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 Beefsteak



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Beefsteak has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Beefsteak has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Beefsteak has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Beefsteak has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Beefsteak has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@theblairbitchproject avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Superior, CO

Needs a bit more watering than expected; leaves and stems will wilt significantly. (Kept as indoor plant in fairy garden!)

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Michael avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 79 XP

Very hard to keep healthy and a challenge to do so.

Cheryl avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 122 XP
globe Fort Collins, CO

This plant has to have at least 6 hours of direct sun to keep it’s bright red leaves. Other then that it’s easy to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
@emilyen avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 413 XP
globe Willington, CT

it can get a little stringy but super easy to snip off parts and propagate in water with some direct sun and make it full again. I often forget to water it for well over a week, it looks dead, and then with a heavy watering, you can watch it rise back to life.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Cjsplanties avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 842 XP

This plant is never happy. It’s leaves are always browning and it cannot choose if it was more or less sun. Overall hard to manage. Doesn’t ‘die’ just browns really easily.

Browns easily Browns easily

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