Plant Care Olneya


Also known as

Olneya, ironwood, desert ironwood and palo fierro


Olneya tesota

How to care for Olneya


How often to water your Olneya

Water needs for Olneya
0.5 cups
every 9

Olneya 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 Olneya in your home

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

Olneya love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Olneya does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Olneya

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Olneya


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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