4.5 out of 5 (235 experiences)
About Ghost Plant
Ghost Plant is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.
Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 8502 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟
Ghost Plant likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.
⚠️ Ghost Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Also known as
Mother-of-Pearl Plant and Leatherpetal
How to care for Ghost Plant
How often to water your Ghost Plant
Ghost Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Los Angeles, California.
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
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.
Los Angeles, California
Finding light for Ghost Plant in your home
Ghost Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Ghost Plant does not tolerate low light 🚫.
Los Angeles, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Ghost Plant
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 Ghost Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Ghost Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Ghost Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Ghost Plant 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 🏡.
Ghost Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Ghost Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Ghost Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Ghost Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Ghost Plant to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Ghost Plant is native to Mexico and Arizona.
Ghost Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Ghost Plant grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Ghost Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Ghost Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Ghost Plant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Ghost Plant
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Los Angeles, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
Goodness, I bought Huginn and Muninn quite a few years ago, originally for a school project. After that, they sat on my porch for over two years, no intervention. They survived strictly off of the rainfall my area got. Not a pretty sight, but a surviving one. I decided to repot them and take them inside. I’ve had them inside for about half a year and they’re recovering to the beauty they once held, slowly but surely.
If you don’t trust your capabilities of keeping plants alive, I suggest ghost plants, mine have been crazy hardy, they are definitely survivors.