Plant Care Fairy Duster

Fairy Duster

Also known as

fairy duster, Mock Mesquite and Mesquitella


Calliandra eriophylla

How to care for Fairy Duster


How often to water your Fairy Duster

Water needs for Fairy Duster
0.5 cups
every 9

Fairy Duster 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 Fairy Duster

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Fairy Duster in your home

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

Fairy Duster love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Fairy Duster does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Fairy Duster

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

Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Fairy Duster

Fairy Duster

Fairy Duster

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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