Plant Care Apple of Peru

Apple of Peru

About Apple of Peru

Shoofly Plant is an annual summer-blooming plant from Peru in the night-shade family that grows 2-5 feet high with blue flowers. Individual flowers only live for one day, but the plant produces a succession of flowers from summer to early autumn. It has escaped cultivation and naturalized in large areas of the US.


Nicandra physalodes

Also known as


How to care for Apple of Peru


How often to water your Apple of Peru

Water needs for Apple of Peru
0.5 cups
every 9

Apple of Peru 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 Apple of Peru

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Apple of Peru in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Apple of Peru: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Apple of Peru love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Apple of Peru does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Apple of Peru

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

Difficulty Level

Apple of Peru 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Apple of Peru

Apple of Peru

Apple of Peru

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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