Plant Care Buttonweed


Also known as

Velvetleaf, Velvetleaf, Velvetleaf, velvet plant, velvetweed, chinese jute, china jute, crown weed, buttonweed, lantern mallow, butterprint, pie-marker, and Indian mallow


Abutilon theophrasti

How to care for Buttonweed


How often to water your Buttonweed

Water needs for Buttonweed
0.5 cups
every 9

Buttonweed needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Los Angeles, California.

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 Buttonweed

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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.

Plant care guide for Buttonweed in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

60% Medium

Growing Buttonweed in Los Angeles right now

Light needs for plant Buttonweed in Los Angeles, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 27th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Buttonweed in Los Angeles, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.6% ☀️

November 27th, 2021

Los Angeles is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Los Angeles is expected to decrease by 24.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.0 megajoules of energy pe…

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Light needs for plant Buttonweed in Los Angeles, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

November 26th, 2021

This month, Los Angeles is getting an average of 10.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of …

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Finding light for Velvetleaf in your home

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

Buttonweed love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Buttonweed does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Los Angeles, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Buttonweed

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Buttonweed



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Los Angeles, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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