Plant Care Japanese spurge

Japanese spurge

Also known as

Japanese pachysandra and Carpet box


Pachysandra terminalis

How to care for Japanese spurge


How often to water your Japanese spurge

Water needs for Japanese spurge
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese spurge 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 Japanese spurge

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Japanese spurge in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese spurge: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Japanese spurge may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Japanese spurge

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Japanese spurge

Japanese spurge

Japanese spurge

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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