Plant Care Gumbo-Limbo

Gumbo-Limbo

About Gumbo-Limbo

Gumbo-Limbo is a relatively 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
Burseraceae
Sapindales

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.

Calculate water needs of Gumbo-Limbo

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Gumbo-Limbo thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. 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

Gumbo-Limbo 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

Gumbo-Limbo 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
Gumbo-Limbo 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 Gumbo-Limbo

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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