Plant Care Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Also known as

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


Gomphocarpus physocarpus

How to care for Gomphocarpus Physocarpus


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

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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 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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

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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