Plant Care Crabweed

Crabweed

About Crabweed

Mulberryweed is an erect, branched summer annual, resembling a mulberry seedling. The stems and leaves are hairy, the leaves are roughly triangular in outline with toothed margins. The flowers are in feathery clusters in the leaf axils. The plants flower from late spring through early fall, then die after frost.

Taxonomy

Fatoua villosa
Fatoua
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

Mulberry Weed, Mulberry Weed and Hairy crabweed

How to care for Crabweed

💦 Water

How often to water your Crabweed

Water needs for Crabweed
0.5 cups
every 9

Crabweed 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 Crabweed

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mulberry Weed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crabweed: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Crabweed may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Crabweed

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Mulberry Weed →

Common Mulberry Weed Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Crabweed 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.

Mulberry Weed Water Frequency →

Mulberry Weed Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Crabweed may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Mulberry Weed Light Requirements →

Mulberry Weed 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

Crabweed does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Mulberry Weed →


💩 Fertilizer

Crabweed is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Mulberry Weed →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Crabweed grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Mulberry Weed →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Crabweed can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mulberry Weed Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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


🧐 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 Crabweed

Crabweed

Crabweed


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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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