Plant Care Desert Date

Desert Date

Also known as

desert-date, soapberry-tree and Balanites


Balanites aegyptiaca

How to care for Desert Date


How often to water your Desert Date

Water needs for Desert Date
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Date needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Desert Date in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Date: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Desert Date may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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


How to fertilize Desert Date

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

Care Summary for Desert Date

Desert Date

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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