Plant Care Common Cow-Wheat

Common Cow-Wheat

About Common Cow-Wheat

This hemiparasite is found in woods, scrub, heaths and upland moorlands on well-drained, nutrient-poor acidic soils. It is more rarely found in scrub, hedgerows and deciduous woodland on chalk and limestone. The large seeds are distributed by ants.


Melampyrum pratense

How to care for Common Cow-Wheat


How often to water your Common Cow-Wheat

Water needs for Common Cow-Wheat
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Cow-Wheat 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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Finding light for Common Cow-Wheat in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Cow-Wheat: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Common Cow-Wheat 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 Common Cow-Wheat

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Common Cow-Wheat

Common Cow-Wheat

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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