Plant Care Widdy

Widdy

About Widdy

Shrubby Cinquefoil is an easy plant to grow. It can be planted in part shade or in full sun. It is drought tolerant and well-draining soils are essential. This plant struggles in the high humidity conditions of SE USA. It's a dense shrub related to the strawberry with numerous upright branches.

Taxonomy

Dasiphora fruticosa
Dasiphora
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Shrubby Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Golden hardhack, Bush cinquefoil, Shrubby five-finger, Tundra rose and potentilla fruticosa

How to care for Widdy

💦 Water

How often to water your Widdy

Water needs for Widdy
0.5 cups
every 9

Widdy 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 Widdy

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Shrubby Cinquefoil in your home

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

Widdy love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Widdy does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Widdy

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Widdy is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Widdy 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

Widdy 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.


🪴 Soil

Widdy 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

Widdy grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Widdy grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Widdy can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Widdy can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil

🧐 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 Widdy

Widdy

Widdy


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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