Plant Care gumbo-limbo

gumbo-limbo

About gumbo-limbo

gumbo-limbo is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Taxonomy

Bursera simaruba
Bursera

Also known as

gumbo-limbo, copperwood, chaca, naked Indian and turpentine tree

How to care for gumbo-limbo

Water

How often to water your gumbo-limbo

Water needs for gumbo-limbo
0.5 cups
every 12

gumbo-limbo needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 gumbo-limbo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant gumbo-limbo: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

gumbo-limbo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

gumbo-limbo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of gumbo-limbo in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize gumbo-limbo

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

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Care Summary for gumbo-limbo

gumbo-limbo


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 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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