Plant Care Birdsfoot Violet

Birdsfoot Violet

Also known as

birdsfoot violet and mountain pansy

Taxonomy

Viola pedata
Viola
Violaceae
Malpighiales

How to care for Birdsfoot Violet

💦 Water

How often to water your Birdsfoot Violet

Water needs for Birdsfoot Violet
0.5 cups
every 9

Birdsfoot Violet 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Birdsfoot Violet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Birdsfoot Violet: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Birdsfoot Violet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Birdsfoot Violet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Birdsfoot Violet

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Birdsfoot Violet 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

Birdsfoot Violet 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Birdsfoot Violet 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


💨 Humidity

Birdsfoot Violet doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Birdsfoot Violet 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Birdsfoot Violet 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!


🌎 Native Region

Birdsfoot Violet is native to Temperate Northern Hemisphere.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Birdsfoot Violet is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Birdsfoot Violet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation


🧐 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 Birdsfoot Violet

Birdsfoot Violet


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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