Plant Care Common Duckmeat

Common Duckmeat

About Common Duckmeat

Greater Duckweed is a perennial aquatic plant found in slow-moving or still waters of ponds, bogs, lakes, and swamps all over the world. The underside of the leaf is purplish-red.


Spirodela polyrhiza

Also known as

Greater duckweed, Great duckmeat, Common duckweed, Duckmeat and Giant Duckweed

How to care for Common Duckmeat


How often to water your Common Duckmeat

Water needs for Common Duckmeat
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Duckmeat 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 Common Duckmeat

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Duckmeat in your home

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

Common Duckmeat 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.

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How to fertilize Common Duckmeat

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

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Care Summary for Common Duckmeat

Common Duckmeat

Common Duckmeat

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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