Plant Care Dogtooth Violet

Dogtooth Violet

Also known as

Dog Tooth Lily, Dog Tooth Lily, Dog's-tooth-violet and Dogtooth violet

Taxonomy

Erythronium dens-canis
Erythronium
Liliaceae
Liliales

How to care for Dogtooth Violet

💦 Water

How often to water your Dogtooth Violet

Water needs for Dogtooth Violet
0.5 cups
every 9

Dogtooth Violet 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 Dogtooth Violet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dog Tooth Lily in your home

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

Dogtooth Violet 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 Dogtooth Violet in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dogtooth Violet

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Dogtooth Violet 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.

Dog Tooth Lily Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dogtooth Violet 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 🏡.

Dog Tooth Lily Light Requirements →

Dog Tooth Lily 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

Dogtooth Violet 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!

Best Soil Mix for Dog Tooth Lily →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dog Tooth Lily →


💩 Fertilizer

Dogtooth Violet 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!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dogtooth Violet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dog Tooth Lily Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Dogtooth Violet

Dogtooth Violet

Dogtooth Violet


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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