Plant Care California plantain

California plantain

Also known as

California plantain, Foothill plantain, Dot-seed plantain, English plantain and Dwarf plantain


Plantago erecta

How to care for California plantain


How often to water your California plantain

Water needs for California plantain
0.5 cups
every 9

California plantain needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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.

Plant care guide for California plantain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Growing California plantain in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant California plantain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in…

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Light needs for plant California plantain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Philadelphia is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to decrease by 29% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.8 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant California plantain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 8.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of…

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Finding light for California plantain in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California plantain: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California plantain love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.

California plantain does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize California plantain

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

When to repot California plantain

Nutrient needs for plant California plantain in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 1st, 2021

The growing potential in Philadelphia is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's bes…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for California plantain

California plantain

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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