Plant Care Chinese Plum

Chinese Plum

About Chinese Plum

A tropical evergreen shrub or tree with alternate, simple leaves that are leathery, veiny, and toothed. Fire blight can be troublesome on this tree. The bacterium that causes fire blight, Erwinia amylovora, is spread by rain and insects.

Taxonomy

Eriobotrya japonica
Rhaphiolepis
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Loquat, Loquat, Japanese medlar, Japanese plum, Chinese plum, Pipa and Nespola

How to care for Chinese Plum

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Plum

Water needs for Chinese Plum
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese 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 Chinese Plum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Loquat in your home

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

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

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

Chinese Plum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Plum

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Chinese 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese 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

Chinese Plum 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Plum 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.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Plum will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Plum can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Chinese Plum can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 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 Chinese Plum

Chinese Plum

Chinese 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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