Plant Care desert tobacco

desert tobacco

About desert tobacco

desert tobacco is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

desert tobacco likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Taxonomy

Nicotiana obtusifolia
Nicotiana
Solanaceae
Solanales

How to care for desert tobacco

Water

How often to water your desert tobacco

Water needs for desert tobacco
0.5 cups
every 9

desert tobacco needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Portland, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for desert tobacco in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Growing desert tobacco in Portland right now

Light needs for plant desert tobacco in Portland, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant desert tobacco in Portland, Oregon

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 36.3% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Portland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to decrease by 36.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.4 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant desert tobacco in Portland, Oregon

Daylight will decrease by 1.4 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Portland is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 14% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.5 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for desert tobacco in your home

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

desert tobacco love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Portland, Oregon ⛅.

desert tobacco does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize desert tobacco

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

When to repot desert tobacco

Nutrient needs for plant desert tobacco in Portland, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 27th, 2021

The growing potential in Portland is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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FAQs
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Toxicity
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Growth Pattern

Care Summary for desert tobacco

desert tobacco


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Portland, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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