Plant Care Desert Willow

Desert Willow

About Desert Willow

Desert Willow is a deciduous shrub or multi-trunked small tree with showy fragrant pink tubular flowers in the willow family. Use this flowering tree as a hedge or in a winter interest or drought-tolerant garden.

Taxonomy

Chilopsis linearis
Chilopsis
Bignoniaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Desert Willow

💦 Water

How often to water your Desert Willow

Water needs for Desert Willow
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Willow 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.

Calculate water needs of Desert Willow

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Desert Willow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Willow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Willow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Desert Willow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Desert Willow

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Desert Willow is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Desert Willow →

Common Desert Willow Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Desert Willow prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Desert Willow Water Frequency →

Desert Willow Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Desert Willow requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Desert Willow Light Requirements →

Desert Willow Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Desert Willow does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Desert Willow →

When and How to Successfully Repot Desert Willow →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Desert Willow will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Desert Willow →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Desert Willow can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Desert Willow Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Desert Willow

Desert Willow

Desert Willow


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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