Plant Care Manuka or tea tree

Manuka or tea tree

About Manuka or tea tree

Manuka or tea tree is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Manuka or tea tree belongs to the leptospermum genus, and is native to New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

Taxonomy

Leptospermum scoparium
Leptospermum
Myrtaceae
Myrtales

Also known as

Manuka myrtle, Tea tree, Mānuka, Manuka, New zealand teatree and Broom tea-tree

How to care for Manuka or tea tree

Water

How often to water your Manuka or tea tree

Water needs for Manuka or tea tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Manuka or tea tree 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 Manuka or tea tree

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.

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Finding light for Manuka or tea tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Manuka or tea tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Manuka or tea tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Manuka or tea tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Manuka or tea tree in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Manuka or tea tree

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Manuka or tea tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Manuka or tea tree

Manuka or tea tree

Manuka or tea tree


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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