Plant Care Cat's Whiskers

Cat's Whiskers

Also known as

Cat's whiskers and Java tea


Orthosiphon aristatus

How to care for Cat's Whiskers


How often to water your Cat's Whiskers

Water needs for Cat's Whiskers
0.5 cups
every 9

Cat's Whiskers 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 Cat's Whiskers

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cat's Whiskers in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cat's Whiskers: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cat's Whiskers love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cat's Whiskers does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Cat's Whiskers

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Cat's Whiskers

Cat's Whiskers

Cat's Whiskers

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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