Plant Care Buttonwood

Buttonwood

Also known as

American Sycamore, American Sycamore, American planetree, Western plane, Occidental plane and Water beech

Taxonomy

Platanus occidentalis
Platanus
Platanaceae
Proteales

How to care for Buttonwood

Water

How often to water your Buttonwood

Water needs for Buttonwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Buttonwood needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in New York.

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 Buttonwood

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 Buttonwood in New York

New York, New York

30% Very Low

Growing Buttonwood in New York right now

Light needs for plant Buttonwood in New York

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 30th, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Buttonwood in New York

Sunlight will increase by 38.1% ☀️

January 29th, 2023

New York is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to increase by 38.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.0 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Buttonwood in New York

Daylight will increase by 1.1 hours 📈

January 30th, 2023

This month, New York is getting an average of 6.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 11.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of da…

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Finding light for American Sycamore in your home

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

Buttonwood 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 New York ⛅.

Buttonwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Buttonwood

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

When to repot Buttonwood

Nutrient needs for plant Buttonwood in New York

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

January 29th, 2023

The growing potential in New York 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 repo…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Buttonwood 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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Care Summary for Buttonwood

Buttonwood

Buttonwood


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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