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

Rhaphiolepis bibas
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 located in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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 Chinese Plum in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

74% High

Growing Chinese Plum in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Plum in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 4th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Plum in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will decrease by 34.1% ☀️

October 5th, 2022

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 34.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Plum in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 2.0 hours 📉

October 4th, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 10.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 16.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.7 total hours of da…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Chinese Plum thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot Chinese Plum

Nutrient needs for plant Chinese Plum in Chicago, Illinois

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

October 4th, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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 your location in Chicago, Illinois, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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