Buddha Belly Plant (Jatropha podagrica)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 3-6 feet
Plant Spread: 2-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Pops open explosively when ripe
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Other: Year Round in the tropics
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Stem
Roots
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: Sap is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Will speed up germination. Self seeding if planted in ground.
Needs specific temperature: Simulate tropical climate.
Days to germinate: Few if fresh.
Depth to plant seed: Will germinate on ground like a succulent. Caudex will then probe into the ground.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Feb 22, 2018 4:02 PM

Ornamental pachycaul with a swollen base, deciduous leaves, and bright orange or red flowers. Native to Central America. Looks good when leafy, looks good when leafless (especially when grown to favor the bottle form), looks great in bloom. Relatively common in cultivation. Monoecious and self fertile.

The form of this plant can be quite different depending on where and how it's grown. In the ground, it loses its "fat" look and grows much taller (to about 6 feet). In containers, especially given limited space, it will be a stouter, shorter plant. You can also prune it to favor this form. Strong light and excellent drainage are important. Leaves may grow bigger in partially shaded locations.

In tropical climates this plant may flower and grow year round. In subtropical climates it may lose most or all of its leaves in the fall or winter. Do not overwater at this time. When the plant is in leaf and temperatures are warm, water regularly.

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