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 Raleigh, North Carolina.

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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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Cornus alternifolia in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.8% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 24.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

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

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayligh…

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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 Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

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.

When to repot Cornus alternifolia

Nutrient needs for plant Cornus alternifolia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 1st, 2021

The growing potential in Raleigh is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Difficulty Level

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

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Growing Outdoors

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 Raleigh, North Carolina, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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