Plant Care Chinese crab apple

Chinese crab apple

About Chinese crab apple

Chinese crab apple is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese crab apple likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Malus hupehensis
Malus
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Chinese crab apple, Hupeh crab and tea crabapple

How to care for Chinese crab apple

Water

How often to water your Chinese crab apple

Water needs for Chinese crab apple
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese crab apple 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Chinese crab apple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese crab apple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese crab apple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese crab apple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese crab apple in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese crab apple

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

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Care Summary for Chinese crab apple

Chinese crab apple


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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