Plant Care Viper's Bugloss

Viper's Bugloss

Also known as

Common Viper's-Bugloss, Common Viper's-Bugloss, Blueweed and Viper's bugloss

Taxonomy

Echium vulgare
Echium
Boraginaceae
Boraginales

How to care for Viper's Bugloss

💦 Water

How often to water your Viper's Bugloss

Water needs for Viper's Bugloss
0.5 cups
every 9

Viper's Bugloss 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 Viper's Bugloss

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Viper's-Bugloss in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Viper's Bugloss: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Viper's Bugloss love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Viper's Bugloss does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Viper's Bugloss in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Viper's Bugloss

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Viper's Bugloss: 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 Viper's Bugloss after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Viper's Bugloss is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Viper's Bugloss 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

Viper's Bugloss 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

Viper's Bugloss 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

Viper's Bugloss 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

Viper's Bugloss 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!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Viper's Bugloss can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 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 Viper's Bugloss

Viper's Bugloss

Viper's Bugloss


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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