Plant Care Common Myrtle

Common Myrtle

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Common Myrtle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Common Myrtle has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Common Myrtle

Common myrtle is an evergreen shrub in the Myrtacae (myrtle) family. The leaves have been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The berries that follow the flowers are edible and when dried are used as a food flavoring. Oils obtained from the bark, flowers and leaves are used in skin care products.


Myrtus communis

How to care for Common Myrtle


How often to water your Common Myrtle

Water needs for Common Myrtle
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Myrtle 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 Common Myrtle

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Common Myrtle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Myrtle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Myrtle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Common Myrtle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Common Myrtle

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Myrtle

Common Myrtle

Common Myrtle

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

Common Myrtle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Common Myrtle has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Thiago avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,147 XP

High maintenance. Thirsty all the time and one day without water is a reason to loose leafs and get the others brown.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Dominic avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Egg Harbor City, NJ

Extremely difficult to take care of, whether it’s getting too much light too little light, too much water too little water, too much heat too much cold, too much humidity too little, you’ll basically never know.

Browns easily Browns easily

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