Plant Care Broadleaf Cattail

Broadleaf Cattail

Also known as

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


Typha latifolia

How to care for Broadleaf Cattail


How often to water your Broadleaf Cattail

Water needs for Broadleaf Cattail
0.5 cups
every 9

Broadleaf Cattail 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 Broadleaf Cattail

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Broadleaf Cattail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Broadleaf Cattail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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

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

Difficulty Level

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Broadleaf Cattail

Broadleaf Cattail

Broadleaf Cattail

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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