Plant Care Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam


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How to care for Himalayan balsam


How often to water your Himalayan balsam

Water needs for Himalayan balsam
0.5 cups
every 9

Himalayan balsam 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.

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 Himalayan balsam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Himalayan balsam: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Himalayan balsam may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Himalayan balsam

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

Care Summary for Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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