Also known as
Mexican Palo Verde, Mexican Palo Verde, Palo verde, Parkinsonia, Jerusalem thorn, Jelly bean tree and Palo de rayo.
How to care for Palo Verde
How often to water your Palo Verde
Palo Verde 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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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 Mexican Palo Verde in your home
Palo Verde love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Palo Verde does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Palo Verde in your home 🏡.
How to fertilize Palo Verde
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 Palo Verde after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Palo Verde 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.
Palo Verde 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 🏡.
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.
Palo Verde 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.
Care Summary for Palo Verde
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.