Plant Care Black Chokecherry

Black Chokecherry

About Black Chokecherry

Black Chokecherry 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.

Black Chokecherry likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Black Chokecherry belongs to the Prunus genus, and is native to North America.

⚠️ Black Chokecherry 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

Prunus serotina
Prunus
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Western chokecherry, Wild black cherry, Black cherry, Rum cherry and Mountain black cherry

How to care for Black Chokecherry

💦 Water

How often to water your Black Chokecherry

Water needs for Black Chokecherry
0.5 cups
every 9

Black Chokecherry 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 Black Chokecherry

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Black Chokecherry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Black Chokecherry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Black Chokecherry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Black Chokecherry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Black Chokecherry

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Black Chokecherry →

Common Black Chokecherry Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Black Chokecherry 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.

Black Chokecherry Water Frequency →

Black Chokecherry Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Black Chokecherry 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 🏡.

Black Chokecherry Light Requirements →

Black Chokecherry Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Black Chokecherry 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. Black Chokecherry is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


🪴 Soil

Black Chokecherry is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Black Chokecherry →


💩 Fertilizer

Black Chokecherry grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Black Chokecherry →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Black Chokecherry will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Black Chokecherry →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Black Chokecherry can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Black Chokecherry Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Black Chokecherry

Black Chokecherry

Black Chokecherry


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.

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