Plant Care Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory

Also known as

desert chicory, plumeseed and New Mexico plumeseed


Rafinesquia neomexicana

How to care for Desert Chicory


How often to water your Desert Chicory

Water needs for Desert Chicory
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Chicory 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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Finding light for Desert Chicory in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Chicory: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Desert Chicory may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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


How to fertilize Desert Chicory

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

Water Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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