Plant Care Fishwort

Fishwort

About Fishwort

Chameleon Plant is an aggressive groundcover with a creeping habit that spreads by rhizomes. It grows one to two feet in height and can spread along the ground as it grows. It is very shade tolerant but not drought-tolerant. It prefers moist soil to shallow water (1-2 in)

Taxonomy

Houttuynia cordata
Houttuynia
Saururaceae
Piperales

Also known as

Fish mint, Fish leaf, Rainbow plant, Chameleon plant, Heart leaf, Fish wort, Chinese lizard tail and Bishop's weed

How to care for Fishwort

Water

How often to water your Fishwort

Water needs for Fishwort
0.5 cups
every 9

Fishwort needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Jose, California.

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 Fishwort

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Fishwort in San Jose, California

San Jose, California

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Growing Fishwort in San Jose right now

Light needs for plant Fishwort in San Jose, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 23rd, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…

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Light needs for plant Fishwort in San Jose, California

Sunlight will increase by 32.2% ☀️

January 29th, 2023

San Jose is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to increase by 32.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.0 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Finding light for Fishwort in your home

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

Fishwort love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.

Fishwort does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Fishwort

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

When to repot Fishwort

Nutrient needs for plant Fishwort in San Jose, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 23rd, 2023

The growing potential in San Jose is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repo…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Fishwort can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


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Care Summary for Fishwort

Fishwort

Fishwort


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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