Plant Care Pick-a-back-plant


4.5 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Pick-a-back-plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Pick-a-back-plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Youth on age, Piggyback plant and Thousand mothers


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How to care for Pick-a-back-plant


How often to water your Pick-a-back-plant

Water needs for Pick-a-back-plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Pick-a-back-plant 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 Pick-a-back-plant

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 Pick-a-back-plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Pick-a-back-plant 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 Pick-a-back-plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Pick-a-back-plant: 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 Pick-a-back-plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Pick-a-back-plant 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Pick-a-back-plant



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

Pick-a-back-plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Pick-a-back-plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Pick-a-back-plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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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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Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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