Plant Care California Jointfir

California Jointfir

Also known as

California jointfir, California ephedra, desert tea, Mormon tea and cañatillo


Ephedra californica

How to care for California Jointfir


How often to water your California Jointfir

Water needs for California Jointfir
0.5 cups
every 9

California Jointfir 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

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 California Jointfir in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Jointfir: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Jointfir love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

California Jointfir does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize California Jointfir

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for California Jointfir

California Jointfir

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft 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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