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.

Taxonomy

Bombax ceiba
Bombax
Malvaceae
Malvales

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

💦 Water

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.

Calculate water needs of Cotton Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Cotton Tree 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cotton Tree 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cotton Tree will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cotton Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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