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.


Pachysandra terminalis

Also known as

Japanese Spurge, Japanese Spurge, Japanese pachysandra and Carpet box

How to care for Carpet Box


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 located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


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.

Plant care guide for Carpet Box in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Growing Carpet Box in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Carpet Box in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight will increase by 37.7% ☀️

January 25th, 2023

Madison is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to increase by 37.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.5 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Carpet Box in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will increase by 1.1 hours 📈

January 27th, 2023

This month, Madison is getting an average of 5.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 12% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Carpet Box

Carpet Box

Carpet Box

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Madison, Wisconsin, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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