Plant Care Woodruff

Woodruff

About Woodruff

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

Woodruff likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Woodruff belongs to the Galium genus, and is native to Northern Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Taxonomy

Galium odoratum
Galium
Rubiaceae
Gentianales

Also known as

Sweetscented bedstraw, Sweet woodruff, Wild baby's breath and Master of the woods

How to care for Woodruff

💦 Water

How often to water your Woodruff

Water needs for Woodruff
0.5 cups
every 9

Woodruff 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 Woodruff

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Woodruff in your home

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

Woodruff love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Woodruff does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Woodruff

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Woodruff →

Common Woodruff Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Woodruff 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.

Woodruff Water Frequency →

Woodruff Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Woodruff 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 🏡.

Woodruff Light Requirements →

Woodruff 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

Woodruff 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Woodruff →


💩 Fertilizer

Woodruff should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Woodruff can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Woodruff 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 Woodruff

Woodruff

Woodruff


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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