Plant Care Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

About Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian 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.

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

Downy Gentian belongs to the Gentiana genus, and is native to Central North America.


Gentiana puberulenta

How to care for Downy Gentian


How often to water your Downy Gentian

Water needs for Downy Gentian
0.5 cups
every 9

Downy Gentian 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

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Downy Gentian in your home

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

Downy Gentian love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Downy Gentian does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Downy Gentian

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

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
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Care Summary for Downy Gentian

Downy Gentian

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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