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Euonymus Care

The Euonymus genus of plants consists of a wide variety of shrubs, trees, and climbers. Some species are evergreen while others are deciduous. And while each species of Euonymus is unique, they’re all known for their dense, ‘bushy’ aesthetic. This family of greenery is known to be extremely adaptable, thriving in almost any indoor environment.

How to care for your Euonymus

Use these instructions to care for an Euonymus. This guide will tell you how to water an Euonymus; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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LIGHT

Your euonymus will love bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as this may cause the leaves to burn and turn white. Eastern exposure or a few feet back from a southern or western window is ideal.

WATER

Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water thoroughly until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water to avoid root rot. Your euonymus needs less water during the winter dormant season.

HUMIDITY

The leathery leaves of the euonymus plant can adapt to dry air, making it a great houseplant. However, your plant won’t mind added humidity especially in the winter months.

TEMPERATURE

Euonymus plants do well in temperatures between 60-85°F.

FOOD

During the spring and summer, fertilize with a well-balanced fertilizer once a month.

TOXICITY

The euonymus plant is toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Once the blooms begin to wilt and die off in the fall and winter, you can prune them to maintain a nice shape. The Euonymus will need trimming from time to time. This should keep them full of leaves instead of looking leggy.

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What's an Euonymus?

Botanical Classification: Euonymus spp.

About

The euonymus originated from the East Asian region—primarily the countries of Japan, China, and Korea. There are many varieties of the euonymus plant, with some varieties able to grow 4-8” every year in the right conditions. They are great at adapting to different home environments and are not fussy about getting a bit chilly. This makes them one of the best houseplants for beginner indoor plant parents.

Euonymus produces green and white flowers that bloom in the late spring or the early summer. The blooms are tiny and can blend in amongst the glossy green foliage, so you might not spot them at first. Once these blooms begin to wilt and die off in the fall and winter, you can prune them to maintain a nice shape. The Euonymus will need trimming from time to time. This should keep them full of leaves instead of looking leggy.

Fun Fact

The euonymus is propagated easily with stem cuttings during periods of active growth. Cut a green stem off of the Euonymus plant with sharp, clean scissors. Remove the leaves from the bottom half and stick in damp soil, placing it out of direct sunlight so roots can form.

Pictured Left: Euonymus