Plant Care Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum

Also known as

Cherry Plum, Purpleleaf plum and Cherry plum

Taxonomy

Prunus cerasifera
Prunus
Rosaceae
Rosales

How to care for Cherry Plum

💦 Water

How often to water your Cherry Plum

Water needs for Cherry Plum
0.5 cups
every 9

Cherry Plum 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 Cherry Plum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cherry Plum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cherry Plum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cherry Plum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cherry Plum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cherry Plum

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Cherry Plum is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Cherry Plum →

Common Cherry Plum Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cherry Plum 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.

Cherry Plum Water Frequency →

Cherry Plum Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cherry Plum 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 🏡.

Cherry Plum Light Requirements →

Cherry Plum Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cherry Plum 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.


🪴 Soil

Cherry Plum 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.

When and How to Successfully Repot Cherry Plum →


💩 Fertilizer

Cherry Plum 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

Cherry Plum grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Cherry Plum →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cherry Plum can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cherry Plum 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 Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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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