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 located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Common birch in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Growing Common birch in Atlanta right now

Light needs for plant Common birch in Atlanta, Georgia

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Atlanta is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Common birch in Atlanta, Georgia

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.1% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Atlanta is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Atlanta is expected to decrease by 24.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.1 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Common birch in Atlanta, Georgia

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

November 27th, 2021

This month, Atlanta is getting an average of 9.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayli…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Atlanta, Georgia ⛅.

Common birch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Common birch

Nutrient needs for plant Common birch in Atlanta, Georgia

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 27th, 2021

The growing potential in Atlanta is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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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!


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Sunlight Needs
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation

Care Summary for 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 your location in Atlanta, Georgia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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