Plant Care Beggar-Ticks


Also known as

Spanish needles, Spanish needles, Black-jack, Beggar-ticks, Cobbler's pegs, Sticky beaks, Farmer's friends and Spanish needle


Bidens pilosa

How to care for Beggar-Ticks


How often to water your Beggar-Ticks

Water needs for Beggar-Ticks
0.5 cups
every 9

Beggar-Ticks 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 Beggar-Ticks

Water 0.5 cups every

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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.

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Finding light for Spanish needles in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Beggar-Ticks: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Beggar-Ticks may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Beggar-Ticks

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

Care Summary for Beggar-Ticks



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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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