Plant Care Common Barberry

Common Barberry

About Common Barberry

The European barberry has become naturalized in the U.S.A. and has become quite weedy. The tiny yellow flowers appear in late spring to early summer and have an unpleasant odor. It has three-parted spines at the base of the leaves.


Berberis vulgaris

Also known as

European barberry

How to care for Common Barberry


How often to water your Common Barberry

Water needs for Common Barberry
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Barberry 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

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Finding light for Common Barberry in your home

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

Common Barberry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Common Barberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Common Barberry

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

Difficulty Level

Common Barberry can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Barberry

Common Barberry

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.

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