Also known as
Bulrush, Common bulrush, Common cattail, Cat-o'-nine-tails, Great reedmace, Cooper's reed and Cumbungi
How to care for Broadleaf Cattail
How often to water your Broadleaf Cattail
Broadleaf Cattail 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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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Broadleaf Cattail in your home
Broadleaf Cattail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Broadleaf Cattail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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How to fertilize Broadleaf Cattail
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 Broadleaf Cattail after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Broadleaf Cattail 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!
Broadleaf Cattail 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 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 🏡.
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 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!
Broadleaf Cattail 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!
Broadleaf Cattail grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Broadleaf Cattail can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Care Summary for Broadleaf Cattail
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.