Plant Care Thorny elaeagnus

Thorny elaeagnus

Also known as

Silverthorn, Thorny olive and Spiny oleaster


Elaeagnus pungens

How to care for Thorny elaeagnus


How often to water your Thorny elaeagnus

Water needs for Thorny elaeagnus
0.5 cups
every 9

Thorny elaeagnus 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 Thorny elaeagnus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Thorny elaeagnus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Thorny elaeagnus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Thorny elaeagnus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Thorny elaeagnus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Thorny elaeagnus

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Thorny elaeagnus

Thorny elaeagnus

Thorny elaeagnus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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