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

💦 Water

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?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Bottle Plant →

Common Bottle Plant Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Bottle Plant 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.

Bottle Plant Water Frequency →

Bottle Plant Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bottle Plant 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 🏡.

Bottle Plant Light Requirements →

Bottle Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 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.

🪴 Soil

Bottle Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bottle Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bottle Plant →

💩 Fertilizer

Bottle Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bottle Plant grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Bottle Plant →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bottle Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bottle Plant Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Bottle Plant can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Bottle Plant →

🧐 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 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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