Plant Care Tolmiea Menziesii

Tolmiea Menziesii

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About Tolmiea Menziesii

Piggyback Plant is a native evergreen perennial herb found on the coast of western North America. It grows as a ground cover in moist forests, wetlands and along streams to 1 foot tall. The flowers appear in loose racemes in spring with small tubular purplish-brown flowers that attract bees and butterflies.


Tolmiea menziesii

Also known as

Pick-a-Back-Plant, Pick-a-Back-Plant, Youth on age, Piggyback plant and Thousand mothers

How to care for Tolmiea Menziesii


How often to water your Tolmiea Menziesii

Water needs for Tolmiea Menziesii
0.5 cups
every 9

Tolmiea Menziesii needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Tolmiea Menziesii

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Pick-a-Back-Plant in your home

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

Tolmiea Menziesii 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 Tolmiea Menziesii

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

Difficulty Level

Tolmiea Menziesii is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Tolmiea Menziesii

Tolmiea Menziesii

Tolmiea Menziesii

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.

What other plant parents say

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Needs to be in a humid area. Medium sunlight. Soil should be moist at all times but not damp.

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