Plant Care Common Spike-Thorn

Common Spike-Thorn

Also known as

Catha cymosa, Catha patens, Celastrus cymosus, Celastrus patens, Celastrus polyanthemos, Celastrus schlechteri, Gymnosporia acanthophora, Gymnosporia beniensis, Gymnosporia bequaertii, Gymnosporia brevipetala, Gymnosporia buxifolia glomeruliflora, Gymnosporia condensata, Gymnosporia schlechteri and Maytenus angolensis


Gymnosporia buxifolia

How to care for Common Spike-Thorn

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Spike-Thorn

Water needs for Common Spike-Thorn
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Spike-Thorn 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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Spike-Thorn in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Spike-Thorn: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Common Spike-Thorn may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Spike-Thorn in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Spike-Thorn

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

Care Summary for Common Spike-Thorn

Common Spike-Thorn

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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