Plant Care Common Ninebark

Common Ninebark

About Common Ninebark

This plant can be found growing on rocky hillsides, banks of streams and in moist thickets. The common name comes from the layers of bark, said to be 9 layers. They're found on stream banks, riverside thickets and scour prairies.


Physocarpus opulifolius

Also known as

Atlantic Ninebark, Atlantic Ninebark, Common ninebark, Eastern ninebark and Atlantic ninebark

How to care for Common Ninebark


How often to water your Common Ninebark

Water needs for Common Ninebark
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Ninebark needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Common Ninebark

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Atlantic Ninebark in your home

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

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

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

Common Ninebark does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Common Ninebark

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Common Ninebark

Common Ninebark

Common Ninebark

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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