Plant Care Carolina Nightshade

Carolina Nightshade

Also known as

Carolina Horsenettle, Carolina Horsenettle, Florida horsenettle, Carolina nightshade, Radical weed, sand brier or briar, bull nettle, tread-softly, solanum mammosum ("apple of sodom"), devil's tomato and Wild tomato.


Solanum carolinense

How to care for Carolina Nightshade

💦 Water

How often to water your Carolina Nightshade

Water needs for Carolina Nightshade
0.5 cups
every 9

Carolina Nightshade 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 Carolina Nightshade

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Carolina Horsenettle in your home

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

Carolina Nightshade love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Carolina Nightshade does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Carolina Nightshade

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Carolina Nightshade prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Carolina Horsenettle Water Frequency →

Carolina Horsenettle Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Carolina Nightshade requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Carolina Horsenettle Light Requirements →

Carolina Horsenettle Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Carolina Nightshade is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

💨 Humidity

Carolina Nightshade doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Carolina Horsenettle Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Carolina Nightshade does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Carolina Horsenettle →

When and How to Successfully Repot Carolina Horsenettle →

💩 Fertilizer

Carolina Nightshade is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

🌎 Native Region

Carolina Nightshade is native to Worldwide.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Carolina Nightshade grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Carolina Horsenettle →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Carolina Nightshade can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Carolina Horsenettle Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Carolina Nightshade

Carolina Nightshade

Carolina Nightshade

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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