Plant Care Cleome Hassleriana

Cleome Hassleriana

About Cleome Hassleriana

Cleome Hassleriana is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy 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.

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

Cleome Hassleriana belongs to the Cleome genus, and is native to Brazil to Northern Argentina.


Cleome houtteana

Also known as

Cleome hassleriana, Tarenaya hassleriana, spider flower, spider plant, pink queen, grandfather's whiskers and Tarenaya hassleriana

How to care for Cleome Hassleriana

💦 Water

How often to water your Cleome Hassleriana

Water needs for Cleome Hassleriana
0.5 cups
every 9

Cleome Hassleriana 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 Cleome Hassleriana

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Cleome Hassleriana in your home

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

Cleome Hassleriana love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cleome Hassleriana does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cleome Hassleriana

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Cleome Hassleriana →

Common Cleome Hassleriana Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Cleome Hassleriana 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.

Cleome Hassleriana Water Frequency →

Cleome Hassleriana Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cleome Hassleriana 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 🏡.

Cleome Hassleriana Light Requirements →

Cleome Hassleriana 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.

💨 Humidity

Cleome Hassleriana enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Cleome Hassleriana Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Cleome Hassleriana 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!

Best Soil Mix for Cleome Hassleriana →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cleome Hassleriana →

💩 Fertilizer

Cleome Hassleriana should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cleome Hassleriana grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Cleome Hassleriana →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cleome Hassleriana can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cleome Hassleriana Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Cleome Hassleriana can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 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 Cleome Hassleriana

Cleome Hassleriana

Cleome Hassleriana

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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