Plant Care Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Hottentot Bread has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Hottentot Bread has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread is a popular 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.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 136 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Hottentot Bread likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Taxonomy

Dioscorea elephantipes
Dioscorea
Dioscoreaceae
Dioscoreales

Also known as

Elephant's Foot, Elephants Foot and Discorea Elephantipes

How to care for Hottentot Bread

💦 Water

How often to water your Hottentot Bread

Water needs for Hottentot Bread
0.5 cups
every 9

Hottentot Bread 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 Hottentot Bread

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Hottentot Bread in your home

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

Hottentot Bread love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hottentot Bread does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Hottentot Bread

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Hottentot Bread 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.

Hottentot Bread Water Frequency →

Hottentot Bread Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Hottentot Bread 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 🏡.

Hottentot Bread Light Requirements →

Hottentot Bread 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

Hottentot Bread 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 Hottentot Bread →

When and How to Successfully Repot Hottentot Bread →


💩 Fertilizer

Hottentot Bread is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌸 Flowers

Hottentot Bread produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 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 Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread


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.

What other plant parents say

Hottentot Bread has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Hottentot Bread has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
@PearlyBird avatar
@@PearlyBird
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 552 XP
globe Rochester, NY
09/16/2021

Easy to grow from seed and weathers forgotten watering sessions like a champ. However, needs full sun. FULL. SUN. I’M TALKING SAHARA LEVEL SUN.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Babyplant avatar
@@Babyplant
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 1,616 XP
globe La Habra, CA
03/16/2021

This bad boy literally just sits here and looks goods , I water her once every 3-4 weeks or so and she’s thriving

Survivor Survivor

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