Plant Care Northern Needleleaf

Northern Needleleaf

About Northern Needleleaf

Northern Needleleaf is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Northern Needleleaf likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Tillandsia balbisiana

How to care for Northern Needleleaf


How often to water your Northern Needleleaf

Water needs for Northern Needleleaf
0.5 cups
every 12

Northern Needleleaf needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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.

Calculate water needs of Northern Needleleaf

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 Northern Needleleaf in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Northern Needleleaf: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Northern Needleleaf love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Northern Needleleaf does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Northern Needleleaf

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

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Care Summary for Northern Needleleaf

Northern Needleleaf

Northern Needleleaf

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 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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