Plant Care Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

Also known as

Hoary Stinging Nettle, Hoary Stinging Nettle, Common nettle, Stinging nettles, Stinging nettle, Nettle leaf, Nettle and Stinger


Urtica dioica

How to care for Stinging Nettles

💦 Water

How often to water your Stinging Nettles

Water needs for Stinging Nettles
0.5 cups
every 9

Stinging Nettles 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 Stinging Nettles

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Hoary Stinging Nettle in your home

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

Stinging Nettles love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Stinging Nettles does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Stinging Nettles

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Stinging Nettles can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Hoary Stinging Nettle →

Common Hoary Stinging Nettle Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Stinging Nettles 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.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Water Frequency →

Hoary Stinging Nettle Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Stinging Nettles 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 🏡.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Light Requirements →

Hoary Stinging Nettle Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Stinging Nettles is not safe to consume. 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. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

🪴 Soil

Stinging Nettles 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 Hoary Stinging Nettle →

When and How to Successfully Repot Hoary Stinging Nettle →

💩 Fertilizer

Stinging Nettles should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Stinging Nettles grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Hoary Stinging Nettle →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Stinging Nettles can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Stinging Nettles can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

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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