How to grow Bombax ceiba

Bombax ceiba grow and care – tree of the genus Bombax also known as Red silk cotton tree, Bombax ceiba perennial deciduous used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, shade tree or bonsai, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color green in elliptic shape the leaves connected in the base in hand shape 5-7 leaves.

Bombax ceiba flowers

Flower color red to orange waxy with five petals the base is round.

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How to grow Bombax ceiba growing and care:

More than 2C

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, meal bug

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
7-18 m, 21-56 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
End of the winter to early spring

General information about the flower:
Big red to orange flowers with five petals the base is round

Scientific name:

Bombax ceiba

How to grow Bombax ceiba

Bombax ceiba blooming season

Bombax ceiba red flower

Bombax ceiba tree

Bombax ceiba buds

Bombax ceiba flowers

Bombax ceiba

Bombax ceiba flower

Bombax ceiba orange flower

Bombax ceiba - Cotton tree


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Pink flower
  • Red flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Attract pollinators
  • Bonsai
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Shade tree
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13