Plant Care Common Sowthistle
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Common Sowthistle

Also known as

Sow-thistle, Sow-thistle, Sow thistle, Common sowthistle, Smooth sow thistle, Annual sow thistle, Hare's colwort, Hare's thistle, Milky tassel, Milk thistle, Soft thistle and Swinies

Taxonomy

Sonchus oleraceus
Sonchus
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for Common Sowthistle

Water

How often to water your Common Sowthistle

Water needs for Common Sowthistle
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Sowthistle 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 Sowthistle

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Sow-thistle in your home

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

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

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

Common Sowthistle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Sowthistle

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Common Sowthistle

Common Sowthistle

Common Sowthistle


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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