Plant Care Bitter Milkwort

Bitter Milkwort

About Bitter Milkwort

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

Bitter Milkwort likes soil that is well draining.


Polygala polygama

Also known as

racemed milkwort

How to care for Bitter Milkwort


How often to water your Bitter Milkwort

Water needs for Bitter Milkwort
0.5 cups
every 9

Bitter Milkwort 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Bitter Milkwort in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bitter Milkwort: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bitter Milkwort love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bitter Milkwort does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Bitter Milkwort

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Bitter Milkwort

Bitter Milkwort

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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