Plant Care Bottle Plant

Bottle Plant

About Bottle Plant

Buddha Belly plant is a tropical succulent shrub from tropical Americas. It is grown as a houseplant and generally reaches 2-3 feet tall, but grows 8 feet tall in its native habitat. The caudex is bottle-shaped, knobby and gray-skinned, growing erect and narrowing near the top. The flower clusters are held above the leaves, have both male and female flowers and are orangish-red in color.


Jatropha podagrica

Also known as

Euphorbiaceae, Ornamental, Gout plant, Gout stalk, Guatemalan rhubarb, Coral plant, Buddha belly plant, Purging-nut, Physic nut, Goutystalk nettlespurge, Australian bottle plant and Tartogo

How to care for Bottle Plant


How often to water your Bottle Plant

Water needs for Bottle Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Bottle 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 Bottle Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Bottle Plant in your home

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

Bottle Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bottle Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Bottle Plant

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bottle Plant

Bottle Plant

Bottle 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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