Plant Care Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear

About Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear is a perennial weed from Eurasia in the aster family. It has naturalized on every continent except Antarctica. Cat's Ear tolerates a wide range of conditions and readily grows in most soil types. It produces many seeds per plant per year and each seed can become a mature plant in 2 months.

Taxonomy

Hypochaeris radicata
Hypochaeris
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Cat's-ear, Cat's ear, Catsear, Flatweed, Hairy cat's ear and False dandelion

How to care for Cat's Ear

💦 Water

How often to water your Cat's Ear

Water needs for Cat's Ear
0.5 cups
every 9

Cat's Ear 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 Cat's Ear

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cat's Ear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cat's Ear: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cat's Ear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cat's Ear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cat's Ear in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cat's Ear

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Cat's Ear 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cat's Ear 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cat's Ear 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.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cat's Ear is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Cat's Ear →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Cat's Ear can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Cat's Ear →


🧐 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 Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear


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.

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