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 Washington, District of Columbia.

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 Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

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Growing Old field balsam in Washington right now

Light needs for plant Old field balsam in Washington, District of Columbia

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 7th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Old field balsam in Washington, District of Columbia

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.3% ☀️

December 6th, 2021

Washington is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Washington is expected to decrease by 24.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.4 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Old field balsam in Washington, District of Columbia

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Washington is getting an average of 8.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of da…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Washington, District of Columbia ⛅.

Old field balsam does not tolerate low-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 Washington, District of Columbia

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

December 6th, 2021

The growing potential in Washington 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 …

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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 Washington, District of Columbia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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