Plant Care Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant

About Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant 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.

Balloon Plant belongs to the Gomphocarpus genus, and is native to Southern Africa.


Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Also known as

Hairy Balls, Balloon Cotton-bush, Nailhead and Swan Plant

How to care for Balloon Plant


How often to water your Balloon Plant

Water needs for Balloon Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Balloon Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, 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 Balloon Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Balloon Plant in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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Growing Balloon Plant in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Balloon Plant in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 6th, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Balloon Plant in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will increase by 39.9% ☀️

February 6th, 2023

San Francisco is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to increase by 39.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.0 megajoules of ene…

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Light needs for plant Balloon Plant in San Francisco, California

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

February 2nd, 2023

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours …

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Finding light for Balloon Plant in your home

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

Balloon Plant 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 San Francisco, California ⛅.

Balloon Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Balloon Plant

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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