Plant Care Strawflower


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About Strawflower

Strawflower can be grown as a short-lived tender perennial or as an annual. It has moderate drought tolerance and blooms from late spring until frost. Dwarf varieties do well in rock gardens, containers, or window boxes. Taller plants may need some staking to remain upright.


Xerochrysum bracteatum

How to care for Strawflower


How often to water your Strawflower

Water needs for Strawflower
0.5 cups
every 9

Strawflower needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Sacramento, California.

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 Strawflower

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Strawflower in Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

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Growing Strawflower in Sacramento right now

Light needs for plant Strawflower in Sacramento, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Sacramento is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Strawflower in Sacramento, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 27.4% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Sacramento is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Sacramento is expected to decrease by 27.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.1 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Strawflower in Sacramento, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Sacramento is getting an average of 9.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of d…

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Finding light for Strawflower in your home

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

Strawflower love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Sacramento, California ⛅.

Strawflower does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Strawflower

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

When to repot Strawflower

Nutrient needs for plant Strawflower in Sacramento, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 1st, 2021

The growing potential in Sacramento is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to re…

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Difficulty Level

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

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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Strawflower



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Sacramento, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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