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.

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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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

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 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

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.

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 the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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