Plant Care Columnea Gloriosa

Columnea Gloriosa

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Columnea Gloriosa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Columnea Gloriosa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Dancing Dolphin, Dancing Dolphin, Goldfish Plant and goldfish hypoceria


Columnea gloriosa

How to care for Columnea Gloriosa


How often to water your Columnea Gloriosa

Water needs for Columnea Gloriosa
0.5 cups
every 9

Columnea Gloriosa 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 Columnea Gloriosa

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Dancing Dolphin in your home

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

Columnea Gloriosa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Columnea Gloriosa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Columnea Gloriosa

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

Care Summary for Columnea Gloriosa

Columnea Gloriosa

Columnea Gloriosa

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.

What other plant parents say

Columnea Gloriosa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Columnea Gloriosa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Columnea Gloriosa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Columnea Gloriosa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Columnea Gloriosa has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Risaree1957 avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, Oregon

This plant doesn’t like to be too dry and not too wet. Check it frequently and water till it runs out the bottom and poor off after a few minutes soak. Mine has a grow light because it’s within 3 feet of a window but gets no direct sun.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lindsrae1106 avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 523 XP
globe Rockland, Maine

It’s really cute! Very full and the blooms happen quickly and they really do look like goldfish! The leaves are rubbery so it doesn’t need to be watered super often.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Kay avatar
leaf-1 114 Plants
xp 1,324 XP
globe Tomahawk, Wisconsin

When blooming it has bright red orange flowers that look like dolphins. Also commonly known as the goldfish plant.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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