Plant Care Swamp bay

Swamp bay

Also known as

Sweetbay magnolia and Sweetbay


Magnolia virginiana

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: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Swamp bay may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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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.

Care Summary for Swamp bay

Swamp bay

Swamp bay

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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