Plant Care American nightshade

American nightshade

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About American nightshade

American nightshade is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to bloom with only 53 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

American nightshade likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

American nightshade belongs to the phytolacca genus, and is native to the Southeastern United States.

⚠️ American nightshade is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. These plants are not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Taxonomy

Phytolacca americana
Phytolacca
Phytolaccaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Pokeweed, American pokeweed, Poke sallet and Poke salad

How to care for American nightshade

Water

How often to water your American nightshade

Water needs for American nightshade
0.5 cups
every 9

American nightshade 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 American nightshade

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for American nightshade in your home

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

American nightshade love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

American nightshade does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize American nightshade

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for American nightshade

American nightshade

American nightshade


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 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.

What other plant parents say

American nightshade has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
American nightshade has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
American nightshade has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Tayshway avatar
@Tayshway
leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Baltimore, Maryland
07/15/2021

This girl just lives in my backyard. What I thought was just weeds seems like a cool dude! She’s independent and takes care of herself!

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