Plant Care English Plantain

English Plantain

Also known as

Ribwort Plantain, Ribwort Plantain, Narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, Ribleaf, Lamb's tongue and Buckhorn.


Plantago lanceolata

How to care for English Plantain


How often to water your English Plantain

Water needs for English Plantain
0.5 cups
every 9

English Plantain 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 English Plantain

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Ribwort Plantain in your home

Light needs and placement for plant English Plantain: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

English Plantain love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

English Plantain does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize English Plantain

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

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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for English Plantain

English Plantain

English Plantain

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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