Plant Care Great Horsetail

Great Horsetail

About Great Horsetail

Great Horsetail is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Great Horsetail likes soil that is well draining.

Taxonomy

Equisetum telmateia
Equisetum
Equisetaceae
Equisetales

Also known as

Northern giant horsetail and "giant horsetail"

How to care for Great Horsetail

💦 Water

How often to water your Great Horsetail

Water needs for Great Horsetail
0.5 cups
every 9

Great Horsetail 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 Great Horsetail

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Great Horsetail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Great Horsetail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Great Horsetail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Great Horsetail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Great Horsetail

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Great Horsetail 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.

Great Horsetail Water Frequency →

Great Horsetail Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Great Horsetail 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 🏡.

Great Horsetail Light Requirements →

Great Horsetail 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.


🪴 Soil

Great Horsetail 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!

Best Soil Mix for Great Horsetail →

When and How to Successfully Repot Great Horsetail →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Great Horsetail grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Great Horsetail →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Great Horsetail can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Great Horsetail 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 Great Horsetail

Great Horsetail

Great Horsetail


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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