Plant Care 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


Solanum dulcamara

How to care for Bittersweet


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

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 Bittersweet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bittersweet: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bittersweet may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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


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.

Care Summary for Bittersweet



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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