Plant Care Metal Weed

Metal Weed

5.0 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Metal Weed has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Metal Weed has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Brazilian Joyweed, Brazilian Joyweed, Bloodleaf, Parrot Leaf, Ruby Leaf and Brazilian Joyweed


Alternanthera brasiliana

How to care for Metal Weed


How often to water your Metal Weed

Water needs for Metal Weed
0.5 cups
every 9

Metal Weed 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 Metal Weed

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Brazilian Joyweed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Metal Weed: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Metal Weed love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Metal Weed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Metal Weed

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Metal Weed

Metal Weed

Metal Weed

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.

What other plant parents say

Metal Weed has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Metal Weed has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Metal Weed has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Metal Weed has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Metal Weed has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@sydneyradinsky avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 1,457 XP
globe Tempe, AZ

when it needs water it looks like it’s about to die and gets all droopy, one of the most dramatic plants i own but it’s so pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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