Plant Care Common myrtle

Common myrtle

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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 located in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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.

Plant care guide for Common myrtle in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

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Growing Common myrtle in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant Common myrtle in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Common myrtle in Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 21.7% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Memphis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to decrease by 21.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Common myrtle in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 8.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayli…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.

Common myrtle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot Common myrtle

Nutrient needs for plant Common myrtle in Memphis, Tennessee

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Memphis is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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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 your location in Memphis, Tennessee, 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
Common myrtle has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Thiago avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 422 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, New Jersey

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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