Plant Care Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

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About Douglas Fir

Douglas fir is an evergreen tree in the Pinaceae (pine) family that is native to the western part of North America. The species name menziesii is in honor of Archibald Menzies (1754-1842) a naval surgeon and botanist from Scottland. Douglas fir can reach a height of 40 to 150 feet fall and up to 40 feet wide. It is not suitable for most home landscapes.

Taxonomy

Pseudotsuga menziesii
Pseudotsuga
Pinaceae
Pinales

How to care for Douglas Fir

💦 Water

How often to water your Douglas Fir

Water needs for Douglas Fir
0.5 cups
every 9

Douglas Fir 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 Douglas Fir

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Douglas Fir in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Douglas Fir: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Douglas Fir love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Douglas Fir does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Douglas Fir

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Douglas Fir 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 Douglas Fir →

Common Douglas Fir Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Douglas Fir 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.

Douglas Fir Water Frequency →

Douglas Fir Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Douglas Fir 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 🏡.

Douglas Fir Light Requirements →

Douglas Fir 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

Douglas Fir 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 Douglas Fir →

When and How to Successfully Repot Douglas Fir →


💩 Fertilizer

Douglas Fir should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Douglas Fir 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 Douglas Fir →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Douglas Fir can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-6b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Douglas Fir 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 Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir


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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