Plant Care Partridge Berry

Partridge Berry

About Partridge Berry

Partridgeberry is an evergreen, perennial, woody herb that is a low growing, creeping delicate vine in the Rubiaceae (madder) family. It is found naturally in forests, stream-banks, on rotten logs, and in bottomlands and other wet habitats throughout eastern and central North America. The stems run along the ground in a vine-like fashion often carpeting an area. The leaves are opposite with a smooth margin and white central vein. White, sometimes pinkish, flowers mature in summer. The plant has a medium flammability rating.


Mitchella repens

Also known as

Squaw vine

How to care for Partridge Berry

💦 Water

How often to water your Partridge Berry

Water needs for Partridge Berry
0.5 cups
every 9

Partridge Berry 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 Partridge Berry

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Partridge Berry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Partridge Berry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Partridge Berry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Partridge Berry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Partridge Berry

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Partridge Berry →

Common Partridge Berry Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Partridge Berry prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Partridge Berry Water Frequency →

Partridge Berry Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Partridge Berry requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Partridge Berry Light Requirements →

Partridge Berry Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Partridge Berry does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Partridge Berry →

When and How to Successfully Repot Partridge Berry →

💩 Fertilizer

Partridge Berry grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Partridge Berry grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Partridge Berry →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Partridge Berry can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Partridge Berry Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Partridge Berry can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Partridge Berry

Partridge Berry

Partridge Berry

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.

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