Plant Care Common Spike-Rush

Common Spike-Rush

Also known as

common spike-rush, creeping spike-rush and marsh spike-rush

Taxonomy

Eleocharis palustris
Eleocharis
Cyperaceae
Poales

How to care for Common Spike-Rush

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Spike-Rush

Water needs for Common Spike-Rush
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Spike-Rush 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Spike-Rush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Spike-Rush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Spike-Rush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Common Spike-Rush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Spike-Rush in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Spike-Rush

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Common Spike-Rush 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Spike-Rush 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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

Common Spike-Rush 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Common Spike-Rush is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Spike-Rush can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 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 Common Spike-Rush

Common Spike-Rush


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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