Plant Care Kapok Tree

Kapok Tree

Also known as

Java kapok, Kapok, Java cotton, Silk-cotton, Samauma and Ceiba


Ceiba pentandra

How to care for Kapok Tree


How often to water your Kapok Tree

Water needs for Kapok Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Kapok 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 Kapok Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Kapok Tree in your home

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

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

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

Kapok Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Kapok Tree

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

Difficulty Level

Kapok 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 Kapok Tree

Kapok Tree

Kapok 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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