Plant Care American pondweed

American pondweed

Also known as

American waterweed, Canadian waterweed and Pondweed


Elodea canadensis

How to care for American pondweed


How often to water your American pondweed

Water needs for American pondweed
0.5 cups
every 9

American pondweed 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 American pondweed

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American pondweed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American pondweed: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

American pondweed 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.

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How to fertilize American pondweed

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

Care Summary for American pondweed

American pondweed

American pondweed

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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