Plant Care Chinese plumbago

Chinese plumbago

About Chinese plumbago

Chinese Plumbago is a deciduous flowering shrub with arching red stems and pale blue flowers. The leaves turn a stunning red in the fall providing interest in the landscape.


Ceratostigma willmottianum

How to care for Chinese plumbago


How often to water your Chinese plumbago

Water needs for Chinese plumbago
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese plumbago 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Chinese plumbago in your home

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

Chinese plumbago love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese plumbago does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Chinese plumbago

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese plumbago

Chinese plumbago

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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