Plant Care Mexican burningbush

Mexican burningbush

About Mexican burningbush

This plant is problematic and alternatives should be considered. Burning bush or summer cypress is an annual plant native to Europe and Asia in the Amaranthaceae (buckwheat) family. It is found growing in floodplains, riparian areas, praires and disturbed areas especially in western North America. It prefers full sun and moist, well-drained high organic matter soil.


Bassia scoparia

Also known as

Burning bush, Burningbush, Ragweed, Summer cypress, Mock-cypress, Kochia, Belvedere, Mexican firebrush and Mexican fireweed

How to care for Mexican burningbush


How often to water your Mexican burningbush

Water needs for Mexican burningbush
0.5 cups
every 9

Mexican burningbush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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 Mexican burningbush

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 Mexican burningbush in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

61% Medium

Growing Mexican burningbush in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant Mexican burningbush in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 27th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Mexican burningbush in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24% ☀️

November 26th, 2021

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 24% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Mexican burningbush in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

November 26th, 2021

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 10.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Mexican burningbush in your home

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

Mexican burningbush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Mexican burningbush does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Phoenix, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Mexican burningbush

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

When to repot Mexican burningbush

Nutrient needs for plant Mexican burningbush in Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 26th, 2021

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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Difficulty Level

Mexican burningbush can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
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Care Summary for Mexican burningbush

Mexican burningbush

Mexican burningbush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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