Plant Care Medeola


About Medeola

Medeola virginiana is a slender, upright perennial wildflower that grows 1-2.5’ tall on a single, unbranched stem rising up each year from a crisp, edible rhizome. It is native to rich moist woodlands with acidic soil in eastern North America. Leaves that grow below the fruit develop red areas on the surface, matching the color of the dark fruit.


Medeola virginiana

Also known as

Medeola, Indian cucumber-root and Indian cucumber

How to care for Medeola


How often to water your Medeola

Water needs for Medeola
0.5 cups
every 9

Medeola 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

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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 Medeola in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Medeola: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Medeola 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.

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


How to fertilize Medeola

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Medeola


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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