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.

Taxonomy

Urtica dioica
Urtica
Urticaceae
Rosales

Also known as

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

How to care for Hoary Stinging Nettle

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Hoary Stinging Nettle in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Hoary Stinging Nettle →

Common Hoary Stinging Nettle Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Hoary Stinging Nettle 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.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Water Frequency →

Hoary Stinging Nettle Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Hoary Stinging Nettle 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 🏡.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Light Requirements →

Hoary Stinging Nettle Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


🪴 Soil

Hoary Stinging Nettle 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 Hoary Stinging Nettle →

When and How to Successfully Repot Hoary Stinging Nettle →


💩 Fertilizer

Hoary Stinging Nettle 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Hoary Stinging Nettle grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Hoary Stinging Nettle →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Hoary Stinging Nettle can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Hoary Stinging Nettle Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Hoary Stinging Nettle can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle

Hoary Stinging Nettle


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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