Plant Care Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree

About Cotton Tree

Red Silk Cottontree is a large flowering tree in the marshmallow family native to the tropical regions of Asia and northern Australia. It has large showy red flowers and smooth white bark.


Bombax ceiba

Also known as

cotton tree, Tree Cotton, Malabar silk-cotton tree; red silk-cotton, red cotton tree, silk-cotton and kapok

How to care for Cotton Tree


How often to water your Cotton Tree

Water needs for Cotton Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Cotton Tree 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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Cotton Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cotton Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cotton Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cotton Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cotton Tree in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Cotton Tree

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

Difficulty Level

Cotton Tree 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 Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree

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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