Plant Care Old field balsam

Old field balsam

Also known as

Old field balsam, Rabbit tobacco and Sweet everlasting


Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

How to care for Old field balsam


How often to water your Old field balsam

Water needs for Old field balsam
0.5 cups
every 9

Old field balsam needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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.

Plant care guide for Old field balsam in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

55% Medium

Growing Old field balsam in New Orleans right now

Light needs for plant Old field balsam in New Orleans, Louisiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 6th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New Orleans is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Old field balsam in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 17.4% ☀️

December 7th, 2021

New Orleans is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New Orleans is expected to decrease by 17.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy pe…

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Light needs for plant Old field balsam in New Orleans, Louisiana

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 6th, 2021

This month, New Orleans is getting an average of 9.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 5.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of …

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Finding light for Old field balsam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Old field balsam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Old field balsam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Old field balsam does not tolerate low light 🚫.

New Orleans, Louisiana currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Old field balsam

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

When to repot Old field balsam

Nutrient needs for plant Old field balsam in New Orleans, Louisiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in New Orleans is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot…

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Difficulty Level

Old field balsam is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Old field balsam

Old field balsam

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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