Plant Care Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Also known as

Bittersweet nightshade, Bitter nightshade, Blue bindweed, Amara dulcis, Climbing nightshade, Fellenwort, Felonwood, Poisonberry, Poisonflower, Scarlet berry, Snakeberry, Trailing bittersweet, Trailing nightshade, Violet bloom and Woody nightshade

Taxonomy

Solanum dulcamara
Solanum
Solanaceae
Solanales

How to care for Bittersweet

💦 Water

How often to water your Bittersweet

Water needs for Bittersweet
0.5 cups
every 9

Bittersweet 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 Bittersweet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bittersweet in your home

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

Bittersweet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bittersweet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bittersweet

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Bittersweet 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.

Bittersweet Water Frequency →

Bittersweet Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bittersweet 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 🏡.

Bittersweet Light Requirements →

Bittersweet Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Bittersweet is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Bittersweet is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


💨 Humidity

Bittersweet doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Bittersweet Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Bittersweet does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bittersweet →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bittersweet →


💩 Fertilizer

Bittersweet is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Bittersweet is native to Worldwide.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bittersweet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bittersweet 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 Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Bittersweet


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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