Plant Care Senna Alata

Senna Alata

Also known as

Candelabra Bush, Candelabra Bush, Candlestick tree, Candle bush, Candelabra bush, Christmas candles, Empress candle plant, Ringworm shrub and Candletree


Senna alata

How to care for Senna Alata


How often to water your Senna Alata

Water needs for Senna Alata
0.5 cups
every 9

Senna Alata needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Diego, California.

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

Calculate water needs of Senna Alata

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Senna Alata in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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Growing Senna Alata in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Senna Alata in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 7th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Senna Alata in San Diego, California

Sunlight will increase by 33% ☀️

February 8th, 2023

San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 33% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 14.1 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Senna Alata in San Diego, California

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

February 4th, 2023

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 9.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.9 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Candelabra Bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Senna Alata: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Senna Alata 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 San Diego, California ⛅.

Senna Alata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Senna Alata

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

When to repot Senna Alata

Nutrient needs for plant Senna Alata in San Diego, California

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

February 5th, 2023

The growing potential in San Diego is 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 rep…

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Difficulty Level

Senna Alata is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Senna Alata

Senna Alata

Senna Alata

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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