Plant Care Western Poison Oak

Western Poison Oak

Also known as

Western Poison-Oak, Western Poison-Oak, Pacific poison oak and Western poison oak

Taxonomy

Toxicodendron diversilobum
Toxicodendron
Anacardiaceae
Sapindales

How to care for Western Poison Oak

💦 Water

How often to water your Western Poison Oak

Water needs for Western Poison Oak
0.5 cups
every 9

Western Poison Oak 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 Western Poison Oak

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Western Poison-Oak in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Western Poison Oak: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Western Poison Oak love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Western Poison Oak does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Western Poison Oak in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Western Poison Oak

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Western Poison Oak 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 Western Poison-Oak →

Common Western Poison-Oak Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Western Poison Oak 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.

Western Poison-Oak Water Frequency →

Western Poison-Oak Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Western Poison Oak 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 🏡.

Western Poison-Oak Light Requirements →

Western Poison-Oak 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

Western Poison Oak 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 Western Poison-Oak →

When and How to Successfully Repot Western Poison-Oak →


💩 Fertilizer

Western Poison Oak 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

Western Poison Oak will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Western Poison-Oak →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Western Poison Oak can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Western Poison-Oak Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Western Poison Oak

Western Poison Oak

Western Poison Oak


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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