Plant Care Balsa


Also known as

Balsa Wood, Balsaholz, Bois flo, Bois flot, Bois madame, Bombast mahoe, Ceibon botija, Ceibon lanero, Corcho, Corkwood, Coton fleur, Coton mahaudeme and Cuano


Ochroma pyramidale

How to care for Balsa

💦 Water

How often to water your Balsa

Water needs for Balsa
0.5 cups
every 9

Balsa 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Balsa in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balsa: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Balsa may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Balsa

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

Care Summary for Balsa


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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