Plant Care American Elm

American Elm

Also known as

White elm and Water elm

Taxonomy

Ulmus americana
Ulmus
Ulmaceae
Rosales

How to care for American Elm

💦 Water

How often to water your American Elm

Water needs for American Elm
0.5 cups
every 9

American Elm 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 American Elm

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for American Elm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Elm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Elm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

American Elm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Elm

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

American Elm 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 American Elm →

Common American Elm Problems →


💦 Water Needs

American Elm 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.

American Elm Water Frequency →

American Elm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Elm 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 🏡.

American Elm Light Requirements →

American Elm 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.


🪴 Soil

American Elm is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for American Elm →

When and How to Successfully Repot American Elm →


💩 Fertilizer

American Elm grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

American Elm grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune American Elm →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Elm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

American Elm Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of American Elm can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 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 American Elm

American Elm

American Elm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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