About Canada Balsam
Canada Balsam is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.
Canada Balsam likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.
Canada Balsam belongs to the Abies genus, and is native to Appalachian Mountains.
Also known as
Balsam fir and Abies balsamea fir
How to care for Canada Balsam
How often to water your Canada Balsam
Canada Balsam 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.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Canada Balsam in your home
Canada Balsam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Canada Balsam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Canada Balsam in your home 🏡.
How to fertilize Canada Balsam
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 Canada Balsam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Canada Balsam is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Canada Balsam 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.
Canada Balsam 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 🏡.
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.
Canada Balsam is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.
Canada Balsam 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!
Canada Balsam grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Canada Balsam can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-6b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of Canada Balsam can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Care Summary for Canada Balsam
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.