Plant Care Common Birch

Common Birch

About Common Birch

Common Birch is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Common Birch likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Common Birch belongs to the Betula genus, and is native to Central Siberia to Japan, and Alaska to Canada.

Taxonomy

Betula pendula
Betula
Betulaceae
Fagales

Also known as

Silver birch, Warty birch, European white birch and East asian white birch

How to care for Common Birch

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Birch

Water needs for Common Birch
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Birch 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 Common Birch

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Birch in your home

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

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

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

Common Birch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Birch

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Common Birch →

Common Common Birch Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Common Birch 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.

Common Birch Water Frequency →

Common Birch Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Birch 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 🏡.

Common Birch Light Requirements →

Common Birch 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.


🪴 Soil

Common Birch 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 Common Birch →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Birch →


💩 Fertilizer

Common Birch 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Common Birch 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.

How and When to Prune Common Birch →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Birch can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Birch Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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


🧐 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 Common Birch

Common Birch

Common Birch


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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