Plant Care Sonchus Oleraceus

Sonchus Oleraceus

Also known as

Common Sowthistle, Common Sowthistle, Sow thistle, Common sowthistle, Smooth sow thistle, Annual sow thistle, Hare's colwort, Hare's thistle, Milky tassel, Milk thistle, Soft thistle and Swinies


Sonchus oleraceus

How to care for Sonchus Oleraceus


How often to water your Sonchus Oleraceus

Water needs for Sonchus Oleraceus
0.5 cups
every 9

Sonchus Oleraceus 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 Sonchus Oleraceus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Common Sowthistle in your home

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

Sonchus Oleraceus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Sonchus Oleraceus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Sonchus Oleraceus

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

Difficulty Level

Sonchus Oleraceus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Sonchus Oleraceus

Sonchus Oleraceus

Sonchus Oleraceus

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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