Plant Care Mexican Butterwort

Mexican Butterwort

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Mexican Butterwort has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Mexican Butterwort has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves


Pinguicula esseriana

How to care for Mexican Butterwort


How often to water your Mexican Butterwort

Water needs for Mexican Butterwort
0.5 cups
every 7

Mexican Butterwort needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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 Mexican Butterwort

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

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

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

Finding light for Mexican Butterwort in your home

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

Mexican Butterwort love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Mexican Butterwort does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Mexican Butterwort

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Mexican Butterwort

Mexican Butterwort

Mexican Butterwort

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 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.

What other plant parents say

Mexican Butterwort has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Mexican Butterwort has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@KaylieS avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 8,780 XP
globe Leawood, KS

If it’s not catching gnats, make sure you feed it with fish food. Yes, I’m serious lol

Survivor Survivor
@voidbugz avatar
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 6,776 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN

I love this little guy! I got it to help catch fungus gnats and man does it do it’s job well! Like all carnivorous plants, a warm and humid environment, loose/moist soil and distilled water are essential to keeping it happy and healthy. They benefit from bottom watering- I keep mine in a plastic pot in a tray of water and top it off every 3-4 days to make sure the soil is continuously moist.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

Trending in your area

Similar to Mexican Butterwort

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in