Plant Care Hairy bittercress

Hairy bittercress

About Hairy bittercress

Hairy bittercress 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.

Hairy bittercress likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Hairy bittercress belongs to the cardamine genus, and is native to Eurasia.


Cardamine hirsuta

How to care for Hairy bittercress


How often to water your Hairy bittercress

Water needs for Hairy bittercress
0.5 cups
every 9

Hairy bittercress 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 Hairy bittercress

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hairy bittercress in your home

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

Hairy bittercress love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hairy bittercress does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Hairy bittercress

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

Difficulty Level

Hairy bittercress can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Hairy bittercress

Hairy bittercress

Hairy bittercress

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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