Plant Care Common Beech

Common Beech

About Common Beech

European Beech 'Riversii' is a cultivar with large, glossy purple leaves that turn striking copper in the fall. It makes a great shade tree, screen, or a specimen but be sure to have room for its mature size of 50-60 feet tall and 40-50 feet wide.

Taxonomy

Fagus sylvatica
Fagus
Fagaceae
Fagales

Also known as

Dwarf Beech, Dwarf Beech, European beech, Weeping beech, Common beech and Fagus Sylvatica L.

How to care for Common Beech

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Beech

Water needs for Common Beech
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Beech 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 Common Beech

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dwarf Beech in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Beech: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Beech love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Common Beech does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Beech

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Dwarf Beech →

Common Dwarf Beech Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Common Beech 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.

Dwarf Beech Water Frequency →

Dwarf Beech Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Beech 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 🏡.

Dwarf Beech Light Requirements →

Dwarf Beech Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Common Beech 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

Common Beech 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!

Best Soil Mix for Dwarf Beech →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dwarf Beech →


💩 Fertilizer

Common Beech 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

Common Beech 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.

How and When to Prune Dwarf Beech →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Beech can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dwarf Beech 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 Common Beech

Common Beech

Common Beech


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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