Plant Care Kapok

Kapok

Also known as

Kapok Tree, Kapok Tree, Java kapok, Java cotton, Silk-cotton, Samauma and Ceiba

Taxonomy

Ceiba pentandra
Ceiba
Malvaceae
Malvales

How to care for Kapok

💦 Water

How often to water your Kapok

Water needs for Kapok
0.5 cups
every 9

Kapok 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 Kapok

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Kapok Tree in your home

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

Kapok love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Kapok does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Kapok

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Kapok is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Kapok Tree →

Common Kapok Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Kapok 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.

Kapok Tree Water Frequency →

Kapok Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Kapok 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 🏡.

Kapok Tree Light Requirements →

Kapok Tree 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.

Kapok Tree Toxicity to Cats →

Kapok Tree Toxicity to Dogs →

Kapok Tree Toxicity to Humans →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Kapok will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Kapok Tree →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Kapok can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Kapok Tree Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Kapok

Kapok

Kapok


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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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