Plant Care Atlantic Ninebark

Atlantic Ninebark

About Atlantic Ninebark

This plant can be found growing on rocky hillsides, banks of streams and in moist thickets. The common name comes from the layers of bark, said to be 9 layers. They're found on stream banks, riverside thickets and scour prairies.


Physocarpus opulifolius

Also known as

Common ninebark, Eastern ninebark and Atlantic ninebark

How to care for Atlantic Ninebark

💦 Water

How often to water your Atlantic Ninebark

Water needs for Atlantic Ninebark
0.5 cups
every 9

Atlantic Ninebark 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 Atlantic Ninebark

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Atlantic Ninebark in your home

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

Atlantic Ninebark love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Atlantic Ninebark does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Atlantic Ninebark

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Atlantic Ninebark →

Common Atlantic Ninebark Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Atlantic Ninebark 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.

Atlantic Ninebark Water Frequency →

Atlantic Ninebark Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Atlantic Ninebark 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 🏡.

Atlantic Ninebark Light Requirements →

Atlantic Ninebark 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.

Atlantic Ninebark Toxicity to Cats →

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Atlantic Ninebark Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Atlantic Ninebark 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!

Best Soil Mix for Atlantic Ninebark →

When and How to Successfully Repot Atlantic Ninebark →

💩 Fertilizer

Atlantic Ninebark 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Atlantic Ninebark →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Atlantic Ninebark grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Atlantic Ninebark →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Atlantic Ninebark can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Atlantic Ninebark Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation
🧐 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 Atlantic Ninebark

Atlantic Ninebark

Atlantic Ninebark

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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