Plant Care Wild Sweet William

Wild Sweet William

About Wild Sweet William

Soapwort is native to Europe. It is an upright perennial with pink, rose or white clusters of flowers. Soapworts get their name because they contain saponins in the plant sap which lathers when used for washing. The plants are often seen growing along roadsides, waste places, and railroad tracks.


Saponaria officinalis

Also known as

Sweet Betty, Sweet Betty, Soapwort, Common soapwort, Bouncing-bet, Crow soap, Wild sweet william and Soapweed

How to care for Wild Sweet William


How often to water your Wild Sweet William

Water needs for Wild Sweet William
0.5 cups
every 9

Wild Sweet William 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 Wild Sweet William

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Sweet Betty in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wild Sweet William: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Wild Sweet William love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Wild Sweet William does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Wild Sweet William

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Wild Sweet William

Wild Sweet William

Wild Sweet William

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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