Plant Care Bellyache bush
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Bellyache bush

Also known as

Black physicnut and Cotton-leaf physicnut

Taxonomy

Jatropha gossypiifolia
Jatropha
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

How to care for Bellyache bush

Water

How often to water your Bellyache bush

Water needs for Bellyache bush
0.5 cups
every 9

Bellyache bush 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 Bellyache bush

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Bellyache bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bellyache bush: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bellyache bush 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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Bellyache bush

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

Care Summary for Bellyache bush

Bellyache bush

Bellyache bush


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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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