Plant Care Neem

Neem

About Neem

Neem is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Neem belongs to the Azadirachta genus, and is native to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Taxonomy

Azadirachta indica
Azadirachta
Meliaceae
Sapindales

Also known as

nimtree and indian lilac

How to care for Neem

💦 Water

How often to water your Neem

Water needs for Neem
0.5 cups
every 12

Neem needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Neem

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Neem in your home

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

Neem love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Neem does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Neem

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Neem is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Neem →

Common Neem Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Neem thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Neem Water Frequency →

Neem Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Neem 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 🏡.

Neem Light Requirements →

Neem 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.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Neem will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Neem →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Neem can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Neem Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Neem

Neem

Neem


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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