Plant Care False cleyera

False cleyera

About False cleyera

This oplant is a broadleaf evergreen with tiered branches with blue-green leaves that appear whorled at the branch tips. It blooms in the summer, but the flowers are inconspicuous. The fruit ripens in fall. It can be pruned to encourage a compact habit.


Ternstroemia gymnanthera

How to care for False cleyera


How often to water your False cleyera

Water needs for False cleyera
0.5 cups
every 9

False cleyera 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 False cleyera

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for False cleyera in your home

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

False cleyera love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

False cleyera does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize False cleyera

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for False cleyera

False cleyera

False cleyera

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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