Plant Care Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar

About Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar 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.

Balsam Poplar likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Populus balsamifera

Also known as

balsam poplar, bam, bamtree, eastern balsam-poplar, hackmatack, tacamahac poplar and tacamahaca

How to care for Balsam Poplar


How often to water your Balsam Poplar

Water needs for Balsam Poplar
0.5 cups
every 9

Balsam Poplar 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

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

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Finding light for Balsam Poplar in your home

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

Balsam Poplar love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Balsam Poplar does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Balsam Poplar

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar

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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