Plant Care Swamp Bay

Swamp Bay

About Swamp Bay

Sweet Bay Magnolia is native to the coastal areas southeastern United States north along the Atlantic coast to New York. In the northern part of its cultivated growing range, it typically grows as either a 15-20' tall tree with a spreading, open rounded crown or as a shorter, suckering, open, multi-stemmed shrub. It has smooth bark, narrow, rounded crown, and shallow roots. It blooms sporadically over the tree during summer months. It is often planted in parks.


Magnolia virginiana

Also known as

Sweetbay magnolia and Sweetbay

How to care for Swamp Bay


How often to water your Swamp Bay

Water needs for Swamp Bay
0.5 cups
every 9

Swamp Bay 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 Swamp Bay

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Swamp Bay in your home

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

Swamp Bay love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Swamp Bay does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Swamp Bay

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Swamp Bay

Swamp Bay

Swamp Bay

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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