Plant Care Chilean Nightshade

Chilean Nightshade

About Chilean Nightshade

Chilean Nightshade is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chilean Nightshade likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Chilean Nightshade belongs to the Solanum genus, and is native to Chile to Argentina.


Solanum crispum

Also known as

Chilean potato vine, Chilean nightshade, Chilean potato tree and Potato vine

How to care for Chilean Nightshade


How often to water your Chilean Nightshade

Water needs for Chilean Nightshade
0.5 cups
every 9

Chilean Nightshade 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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Finding light for Chilean Nightshade in your home

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

Chilean Nightshade love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chilean Nightshade does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Chilean Nightshade

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

Difficulty Level

Chilean Nightshade 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!

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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chilean Nightshade

Chilean Nightshade

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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