Plant Care Common Rush

Common Rush

4.6 out of 5 (10 experiences)

Common Rush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Common Rush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Soft Rush, Green Bull Rush, Japanese Mat Rush, Big Twister Rush and Unicorn Soft Rush


Juncus effusus

How to care for Common Rush

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Rush

Water needs for Common Rush
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Rush 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 Rush

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Rush in your home

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

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

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

Common Rush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Rush

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

💦 Water Needs

Common Rush 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

Common Rush 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

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Common Rush 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.

💩 Fertilizer

Common Rush 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 Rush is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Rush can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 1a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🌱 Propagation

Common Rush can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Rush

Common Rush

Common Rush

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.

What other plant parents say

Common Rush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Common Rush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Common Rush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Common Rush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Common Rush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Common Rush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@NikiePotPie avatar
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 3,034 XP

This greenie baby loves the water , I will water more than suggested on the app because I have it in a sunny spot and the soil cannot tolerate being dry or else the tips get brown. I love it’s silly little personality 💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 7,634 XP

Oh I love this plant baby it’s so cool to watch the leaves spiral and they droop and they stand straight up displays super easy to care for as long as you make sure the soil does not dry out

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Oggieboogie69 avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 690 XP
globe Lloydminster, Saskatchewan

My plant died very fast and all the grass turned brown. I water it the amount I’m supposed to along with all my other plants but I can’t seem to keep this one alive. It was very pretty when it was all green though.

Browns easily Browns easily
@Elizabethweekes avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 460 XP
globe Riverview, FL

She takes up a lot of space as she grows with her crazy leaves but I love it

Survivor Survivor

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