Plant Care Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Mexican Flowering Dogwood

About Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Mexican Flowering Dogwood is a relatively 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.

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

Mexican Flowering Dogwood belongs to the Cornus genus, and is native to Southeastern Canada, Eastern North America, and Eastern Mexico.

Taxonomy

Cornus florida
Cornus
Cornaceae
Cornales

Also known as

Magic dogwood and Flowering dogwood

How to care for Mexican Flowering Dogwood

💦 Water

How often to water your Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Water needs for Mexican Flowering Dogwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Mexican Flowering Dogwood 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 Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mexican Flowering Dogwood in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mexican Flowering Dogwood: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mexican Flowering Dogwood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Mexican Flowering Dogwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mexican Flowering Dogwood in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mexican Flowering Dogwood

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Mexican Flowering Dogwood is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Mexican Flowering Dogwood →

Common Mexican Flowering Dogwood Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Mexican Flowering Dogwood 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.

Mexican Flowering Dogwood Water Frequency →

Mexican Flowering Dogwood Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mexican Flowering Dogwood 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 🏡.

Mexican Flowering Dogwood Light Requirements →

Mexican Flowering Dogwood Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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

Mexican Flowering Dogwood 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.

When and How to Successfully Repot Mexican Flowering Dogwood →


💩 Fertilizer

Mexican Flowering Dogwood 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

Mexican Flowering Dogwood grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Mexican Flowering Dogwood →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Mexican Flowering Dogwood can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mexican Flowering Dogwood Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Mexican Flowering Dogwood can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Mexican Flowering Dogwood →


🧐 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 Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Mexican Flowering Dogwood

Mexican Flowering Dogwood


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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