Plant Care Creek Dogwood

Creek Dogwood

Also known as

Western Dogwood, Western Dogwood, Redtwig dogwood, Red osier, Red-osier dogwood, Red brush, red willow, Redstem dogwood and Redtwig dogwood, red-rood, american dogwood, creek dogwood

Taxonomy

Cornus sericea
Cornus
Cornaceae
Cornales

How to care for Creek Dogwood

💦 Water

How often to water your Creek Dogwood

Water needs for Creek Dogwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Creek 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 Creek Dogwood

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Western Dogwood in your home

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

Creek Dogwood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Creek Dogwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Creek Dogwood

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Creek Dogwood is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Western Dogwood →

Common Western Dogwood Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Creek 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.

Western Dogwood Water Frequency →

Western Dogwood Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Creek 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 🏡.

Western Dogwood Light Requirements →

Western 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

Creek 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.

Best Soil Mix for Western Dogwood →

When and How to Successfully Repot Western Dogwood →


💩 Fertilizer

Creek 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

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

How and When to Prune Western Dogwood →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Creek Dogwood can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Western Dogwood Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Creek Dogwood 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 Creek Dogwood

Creek Dogwood

Creek 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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