Also known as
Ribwort Plantain, Ribwort Plantain, Narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, Ribleaf, Lamb's tongue and Buckhorn.
How to care for Narrowleaf Plantain
How often to water your Narrowleaf Plantain
Narrowleaf Plantain needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Ribwort Plantain in your home
Narrowleaf Plantain 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 Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
Narrowleaf Plantain does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Narrowleaf Plantain
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 Narrowleaf Plantain after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Narrowleaf Plantain 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.
Narrowleaf Plantain 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 🏡.
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.
Narrowleaf Plantain 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!
Narrowleaf Plantain should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Narrowleaf Plantain grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Narrowleaf Plantain can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of Narrowleaf Plantain can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Care Summary for Narrowleaf Plantain
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.