Plant Care Typha Latifolia

Typha Latifolia

Also known as

Broadleaf Cattail, Broadleaf Cattail, Bulrush, Common bulrush, Common cattail, Cat-o'-nine-tails, Great reedmace, Cooper's reed and Cumbungi


Typha latifolia

How to care for Typha Latifolia

💦 Water

How often to water your Typha Latifolia

Water needs for Typha Latifolia
0.5 cups
every 9

Typha Latifolia 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 Typha Latifolia

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Broadleaf Cattail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Typha Latifolia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Typha Latifolia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Typha Latifolia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Typha Latifolia

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Typha Latifolia 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!

Benefits of Growing Broadleaf Cattail →

Common Broadleaf Cattail Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Typha Latifolia 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.

Broadleaf Cattail Water Frequency →

Broadleaf Cattail Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Typha Latifolia 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 🏡.

Broadleaf Cattail Light Requirements →

Broadleaf Cattail Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Broadleaf Cattail Toxicity to Cats →

Broadleaf Cattail Toxicity to Dogs →

Broadleaf Cattail Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Typha Latifolia 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 Broadleaf Cattail →

When and How to Successfully Repot Broadleaf Cattail →

💩 Fertilizer

Typha Latifolia 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Broadleaf Cattail →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Typha Latifolia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Broadleaf Cattail →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Typha Latifolia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Broadleaf Cattail Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation
🧐 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 Typha Latifolia

Typha Latifolia

Typha Latifolia

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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