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.
Also known as
Silver birch, Warty birch, European white birch and East asian white birch
How to care for Common Birch
How often to water your Common Birch
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 Oakland, California.
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 Birch in your home
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 Oakland, California ⛅.
Common Birch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Common Birch
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.
Common Birch can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!
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 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 🏡.
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.
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!
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!
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.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Birch can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
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.
Care Summary for Common Birch
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Oakland, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.