Plant Care Palo Verde

Palo Verde

Also known as

Mexican Palo Verde, Mexican Palo Verde, Palo verde, Parkinsonia, Jerusalem thorn, Jelly bean tree and Palo de rayo.


Parkinsonia aculeata

How to care for Palo Verde


How often to water your Palo Verde

Water needs for Palo Verde
0.5 cups
every 9

Palo Verde needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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 Palo Verde

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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.

Plant care guide for Palo Verde in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

26% Very Low

Growing Palo Verde in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Palo Verde in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Palo Verde in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight will increase by 47.7% ☀️

February 2nd, 2023

Madison is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to increase by 47.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.0 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Palo Verde in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will increase by 1.3 hours 📈

February 1st, 2023

This month, Madison is getting an average of 5.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Mexican Palo Verde in your home

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

Palo Verde love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

Palo Verde does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Palo Verde

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

When to repot Palo Verde

Nutrient needs for plant Palo Verde in Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 2nd, 2023

The growing potential in Madison is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Palo Verde

Palo Verde

Palo Verde

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Madison, Wisconsin, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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