Plant Care Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Also known as

Balloon Plant, Balloon Plant, Hairy Balls, Balloon Cotton-bush, Nailhead and Swan Plant

Taxonomy

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Gomphocarpus
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

How to care for Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

💦 Water

How often to water your Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Water needs for Gomphocarpus Physocarpus
0.5 cups
every 9

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus 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 Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Balloon Plant in your home

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

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Gomphocarpus Physocarpus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 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 Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus


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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