Plant Care Dunce's Cap

Dunce's Cap

Also known as

Dunce Cap, Dunce Cap, Orostachys iwarenge, Chinese Dunce Cap, Boehmeri and Orostachys malacophylla var. boehmeri

Taxonomy

Orostachys boehmeri
Orostachys
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

How to care for Dunce's Cap

💦 Water

How often to water your Dunce's Cap

Water needs for Dunce's Cap
0.5 cups
every 12

Dunce's Cap needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Dunce's Cap

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dunce Cap in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dunce's Cap: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dunce's Cap love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Dunce's Cap does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dunce's Cap in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dunce's Cap

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dunce's Cap is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Dunce Cap →

Common Dunce Cap Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dunce's Cap thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dunce Cap Water Frequency →

Dunce Cap Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dunce's Cap 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 🏡.

Dunce Cap Light Requirements →

Dunce Cap 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.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dunce's Cap can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dunce Cap 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 Dunce's Cap

Dunce's Cap

Dunce's Cap


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 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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