Plant Care cigar plant

cigar plant

About cigar plant

cigar plant is a super 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.

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

cigar plant belongs to the cuphea genus, and is native to Mexico and Jamaica.


Cuphea ignea

Also known as

cigar plant, cigar flower, firecracker plant and Mexican cigar

How to care for cigar plant


How often to water your cigar plant

Water needs for cigar plant
0.5 cups
every 9

cigar plant 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 plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 cigar plant in your home

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

cigar plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

cigar plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize cigar plant

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for cigar plant

cigar plant

cigar plant

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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