Plant Care American Sycamore

American Sycamore

Also known as

American planetree, Western plane, Occidental plane, Buttonwood and Water beech


Platanus occidentalis

How to care for American Sycamore

💦 Water

How often to water your American Sycamore

Water needs for American Sycamore
0.5 cups
every 9

American Sycamore 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 Sycamore

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for American Sycamore in your home

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

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

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

American Sycamore does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Sycamore

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

American Sycamore can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing American Sycamore →

Common American Sycamore Problems →

💦 Water Needs

American Sycamore 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.

American Sycamore Water Frequency →

American Sycamore Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Sycamore 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 🏡.

American Sycamore Light Requirements →

American Sycamore 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.

🪴 Soil

American Sycamore 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 American Sycamore →

When and How to Successfully Repot American Sycamore →

💩 Fertilizer

American Sycamore is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

American Sycamore grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune American Sycamore →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Sycamore can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

American Sycamore Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of American Sycamore can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 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 American Sycamore

American Sycamore

American Sycamore

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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