Plant Care Maltese Cross

Maltese Cross

Also known as

Lychnis chalcedonica, Maltese-cross, flower of Bristol, Jerusalem cross and nonesuch


Silene chalcedonica

How to care for Maltese Cross


How often to water your Maltese Cross

Water needs for Maltese Cross
0.5 cups
every 9

Maltese Cross 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 Maltese Cross

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Maltese Cross in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Maltese Cross: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Maltese Cross love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Maltese Cross does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Maltese Cross

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Maltese Cross

Maltese Cross

Maltese Cross

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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