Plant Care Camphor

Camphor

Also known as

Camphor tree, Camphorwood and Camphor laurel

Taxonomy

Camphora officinarum
Cinnamomum
Lauraceae
Laurales

How to care for Camphor

💦 Water

How often to water your Camphor

Water needs for Camphor
0.5 cups
every 9

Camphor 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 Camphor

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Camphor in your home

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

Camphor love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Camphor does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Camphor

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Camphor can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Camphor →

Common Camphor Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Camphor 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.

Camphor Water Frequency →

Camphor Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Camphor 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 🏡.

Camphor Light Requirements →

Camphor 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.


🪴 Soil

Camphor does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Camphor →


💩 Fertilizer

Camphor grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Camphor →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Camphor can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Camphor 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 Camphor

Camphor

Camphor


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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