Plant Care Cornus alternifolia

Cornus alternifolia

About Cornus alternifolia

Cornus alternifolia is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Cornus alternifolia likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Cornus alternifolia belongs to the cornus genus, and is native to Central and Eastern Canada and the United States.


Cornus alternifolia

How to care for Cornus alternifolia


How often to water your Cornus alternifolia

Water needs for Cornus alternifolia
0.5 cups
every 9

Cornus alternifolia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boise, Idaho.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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

Plant care guide for Cornus alternifolia in Boise, Idaho

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Growing Cornus alternifolia in Boise right now

Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Boise, Idaho

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 8th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boise is currently very low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Boise, Idaho

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26.8% ☀️

December 8th, 2021

Boise is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boise is expected to decrease by 26.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Boise, Idaho

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

December 7th, 2021

This month, Boise is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.7 total hours of daylig…

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Finding light for None in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cornus alternifolia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cornus alternifolia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boise, Idaho ⛅.

Cornus alternifolia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Cornus alternifolia

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Cornus alternifolia

Cornus alternifolia

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Boise, Idaho, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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