Plant Care Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle

About Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Hoary Stinging Nettle likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Hoary Stinging Nettle belongs to the Urtica genus, and is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Western North America.

⚠️ Hoary Stinging Nettle is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Urtica dioica

Also known as

Common nettle, Stinging nettles, Stinging nettle, Nettle leaf, Nettle and Stinger

How to care for Hoary Stinging Nettle


How often to water your Hoary Stinging Nettle

Water needs for Hoary Stinging Nettle
0.5 cups
every 9

Hoary Stinging Nettle 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 Hoary Stinging Nettle

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hoary Stinging Nettle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hoary Stinging Nettle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Hoary Stinging Nettle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Hoary Stinging Nettle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Hoary Stinging Nettle

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

Difficulty Level

Hoary Stinging Nettle can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle

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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