Plant Care American Silk Cotton

American Silk Cotton

Also known as

Apple of sodom, Sodom apple, Stabragh, King's crown, Rubber bush, Rubber tree and Dead sea apple

Taxonomy

Calotropis procera
Calotropis
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

How to care for American Silk Cotton

💦 Water

How often to water your American Silk Cotton

Water needs for American Silk Cotton
0.5 cups
every 9

American Silk Cotton 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 American Silk Cotton

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for American Silk Cotton in your home

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

American Silk Cotton love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

American Silk Cotton does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Silk Cotton

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing American Silk Cotton →

Common American Silk Cotton Problems →


💦 Water Needs

American Silk Cotton 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.

American Silk Cotton Water Frequency →

American Silk Cotton Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Silk Cotton 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 🏡.

American Silk Cotton Light Requirements →

American Silk Cotton Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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

American Silk Cotton 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.

How and When to Prune American Silk Cotton →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Silk Cotton can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

American Silk Cotton Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 American Silk Cotton

American Silk Cotton

American Silk Cotton


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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