Plant Care Chinaroot


About Chinaroot

Bristly Greenbrier is a climbing, prickly vine that uses tendrils to climb over shrubs or the lower branches of trees. The species is dioecious so both male and female plants must be grown in order to produce seed.


Smilax tamnoides

Also known as

bristly greenbrier, hellfetter, bristly greenbriar and China-root

How to care for Chinaroot


How often to water your Chinaroot

Water needs for Chinaroot
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinaroot 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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Chinaroot in your home

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

Chinaroot love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinaroot does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Chinaroot

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

Difficulty Level

Chinaroot can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinaroot


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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