Plant Care Lesser Burdock

Lesser Burdock

Also known as

Lesser Burrdock, Lesser Burrdock, Lesser burdock, Little burdock, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button and Wild rhubarb


Arctium minus

How to care for Lesser Burdock

💦 Water

How often to water your Lesser Burdock

Water needs for Lesser Burdock
0.5 cups
every 9

Lesser Burdock 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 Lesser Burdock

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Lesser Burrdock in your home

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

Lesser Burdock love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Lesser Burdock does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Lesser Burdock

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Lesser Burdock is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Lesser Burrdock →

Common Lesser Burrdock Problems →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Lesser Burdock 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 🏡.

Lesser Burrdock Light Requirements →

Lesser Burrdock 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.

Lesser Burrdock Toxicity to Cats →

Lesser Burrdock Toxicity to Dogs →

Lesser Burrdock Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Lesser Burdock 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 Lesser Burrdock →

When and How to Successfully Repot Lesser Burrdock →

💩 Fertilizer

Lesser Burdock 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.

How Much and When to Fertilize Lesser Burrdock →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Lesser Burdock grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Lesser Burrdock →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Lesser Burdock can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lesser Burrdock Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Lesser Burdock 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 Lesser Burrdock →

🧐 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 Lesser Burdock

Lesser Burdock

Lesser Burdock

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft 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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