Plant Care Cigar Tree

Cigar Tree

About Cigar Tree

Cigar Tree is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Cigar Tree likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Cigar Tree belongs to the Catalpa genus, and is native to Eastern Texas to Southern Georgia.


Catalpa bignonioides

Also known as

Southern catalpa, Cigartree and Indian-bean-tree

How to care for Cigar Tree


How often to water your Cigar Tree

Water needs for Cigar Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Cigar 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 Cigar Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Cigar Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cigar Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cigar Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cigar Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Cigar Tree

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

Difficulty Level

Cigar Tree is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Cigar Tree

Cigar Tree

Cigar Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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