Plant Care Heather


About Heather

This plant can be grown as a groundcover and is tolerant of poor soils, prune every spring to prevent bare stems.


Calluna vulgaris

Also known as

Common heather, Ling and Calluna

How to care for Heather


How often to water your Heather

Water needs for Heather
0.5 cups
every 9

Heather 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 Heather

Water 0.5 cups every

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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.

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Finding light for Heather in your home

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

Heather love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Heather does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Heather

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

Difficulty Level

Heather is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Heather



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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