Jatropha Podagrica "Buddha Belly"
OVERVIEW+ Comes in a 6" plastic container.
It is native to the tropical Americas and considered an ornamental plant, Podagrica means “swollen foot” which is often what the tubular portion of the plant looks like. The leaves often look like fig-shaped leaves, and it produces coral red flowers and fruit in the spring and summer, during which time it is actively growing its leaves and flowers. In the fall and winter, it goes dormant, during this time it should still be watered (it can be common for the flowers to remain year round, but not the leaves).
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Aglaomorpha / Coronans
Jathropha Podagrica / Buddha Belly Plant / Bottleplant Shrub / Gout Plant / Guatemala Rhubarb
If grown outdoors it can reach a height of 5 feet tall. Indoors, its max height is usually around 2-3 feet tall. It is considered a slow growing plant.
Can be grown outdoors in zones 8-9. Buddh Belly’s do not like cold, so anything under 50 degrees F will have a negative impact on the plant.
Considered a relatively low maintenance plant.
The Buddha Belly requires plenty of sunlight indoors. Direct sunlight can harm its leaves, but it prefers a warm spot and bright light. A sunny south facing window is ideal.
The Buddha Belly is a drought tolerant plant, and stores its reserve water in its trunk. Make sure to water only when the soil gets completely dry. Watering it once a week should suffice, as long as you are not completely saturating the soil with water. Treat it very much like a cactus.
Does best in cactus and succulent soil.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, a cluster of coral red flowers.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes, the entirety of this plant is considered a toxic plant. Interestingly enough, while this plant is considered toxic, in some areas of the world the stem has been used in herbal medications.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
No. You can only propagate this plant through seeds. Which can form on the Buddha plant at the end of summer.
The Buddha Belly should be replanted 1-2 years, as it thrives off fresh soil. / Common Problems: Root rot from overwatering or leaf drop from too little watering. Common Pests: Spider Mites and white flies. Check under the leaves during the summer time, but in the winter time, there is very little cause for concern with pests.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.