Plant Care Canada Balsam

Canada Balsam

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.


Abies balsamea

Also known as

Balsam fir and Abies balsamea fir

How to care for Canada Balsam


How often to water your Canada Balsam

Water needs for Canada Balsam
0.5 cups
every 9

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.

Calculate water needs of Canada Balsam

Water 0.5 cups every

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

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Finding light for Canada Balsam in your home

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

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

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Canada Balsam

Canada Balsam

Canada Balsam

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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