Plant Care Blessed Milk Thistle

Blessed Milk Thistle

Also known as

Milk thistle, Blessed milkthistle, Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint mary's thistle, Mediterranean milk thistle, Variegated thistle and Scotch thistle

Taxonomy

Silybum marianum
Silybum
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for Blessed Milk Thistle

💦 Water

How often to water your Blessed Milk Thistle

Water needs for Blessed Milk Thistle
0.5 cups
every 9

Blessed Milk Thistle 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 Blessed Milk Thistle

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Blessed Milk Thistle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Blessed Milk Thistle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Blessed Milk Thistle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Blessed Milk Thistle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Blessed Milk Thistle in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Blessed Milk Thistle

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Blessed Milk Thistle 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 Blessed Milk Thistle →

Common Blessed Milk Thistle Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Blessed Milk Thistle 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.

Blessed Milk Thistle Water Frequency →

Blessed Milk Thistle Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Blessed Milk Thistle 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 🏡.

Blessed Milk Thistle Light Requirements →

Blessed Milk Thistle 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.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Blessed Milk Thistle can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Blessed Milk Thistle 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 Blessed Milk Thistle

Blessed Milk Thistle

Blessed Milk Thistle


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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