Plant Care Carpet Box

Carpet Box

About Carpet Box

Pachysandra terminalis, or Japanese Spurge, is an herbaceous perennial evergreen in the boxwood family used as a rhizomatous ground cover. It takes about three years to establish a solid groundcover in suitable climates. It is susceptible to leaf blight, root rot, and euonymus scale.

Taxonomy

Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra
Buxaceae
Buxales

Also known as

Japanese Spurge, Japanese Spurge, Japanese pachysandra and Carpet box

How to care for Carpet Box

💦 Water

How often to water your Carpet Box

Water needs for Carpet Box
0.5 cups
every 9

Carpet Box 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 Carpet Box

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Japanese Spurge in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Carpet Box: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Carpet Box may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Carpet Box

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Common Japanese Spurge Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Carpet Box 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.

Japanese Spurge Water Frequency →

Japanese Spurge Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Carpet Box may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Japanese Spurge Light Requirements →

Japanese Spurge Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Japanese Spurge Toxicity to Cats →


🪴 Soil

Carpet Box is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Japanese Spurge →

When and How to Successfully Repot Japanese Spurge →


💩 Fertilizer

Carpet Box grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Carpet Box grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Carpet Box can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Japanese Spurge Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Carpet Box can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Carpet Box

Carpet Box

Carpet Box


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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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