Plant Care Red Oak

Red Oak

Also known as

Northern Red Oak, Northern Red Oak, Red oak and Champion oak

Taxonomy

Quercus rubra
Quercus
Fagaceae
Fagales

How to care for Red Oak

💦 Water

How often to water your Red Oak

Water needs for Red Oak
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Oak 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 Red Oak

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Northern Red Oak in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Oak: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Red Oak love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Red Oak does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Red Oak

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Red Oak is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Northern Red Oak →

Common Northern Red Oak Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Red Oak 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.

Northern Red Oak Water Frequency →

Northern Red Oak Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Red Oak 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 🏡.

Northern Red Oak Light Requirements →

Northern Red Oak Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Red Oak is not safe to consume. 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. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Red Oak 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Northern Red Oak →


💩 Fertilizer

Red Oak 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 Northern Red Oak →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Red Oak grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Northern Red Oak →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Red Oak can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Northern Red Oak Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Red Oak 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 Red Oak

Red Oak

Red Oak


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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