Plant Care Bitter Willow

Bitter Willow

Also known as

Salix elaeagnos, bitter willow, olive willow, hoary willow, rosemary willow and elaeagnus willow


Salix eleagnos

How to care for Bitter Willow


How often to water your Bitter Willow

Water needs for Bitter Willow
0.5 cups
every 9

Bitter Willow 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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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Willow in your home

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

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

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

Bitter Willow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Bitter Willow

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Bitter Willow

Bitter Willow

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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