Plant Care Dwarf Poinciana

Dwarf Poinciana

About Dwarf Poinciana

The Pride of Barbados is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is a member of the Fabaceae or legume family. It is originally from Mexico and the Caribbean and has beautiful showy orange-red flowers, fern-like leaves, and prickles on its stems and branches. In the tropics, it may grow 15-20 feet tall and equally as wide. It's a deciduous shrub in zone 9 and perennial in zone 8.

Taxonomy

Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Caesalpinia
Fabaceae
Fabales

Also known as

Poinciana, Peacock flower, Red bird of paradise, Mexican bird of paradise, Pride of barbados, Flos pavonis, Flamboyant-de-jardin and ʻohai aliʻi

How to care for Dwarf Poinciana

Water

How often to water your Dwarf Poinciana

Water needs for Dwarf Poinciana
0.5 cups
every 9

Dwarf Poinciana 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 Dwarf Poinciana

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

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Finding light for Dwarf Poinciana in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dwarf Poinciana: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dwarf Poinciana love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Dwarf Poinciana does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Dwarf Poinciana

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Dwarf Poinciana

Dwarf Poinciana

Dwarf Poinciana


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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