Plant Care Joshua tree

Joshua tree

About Joshua tree

Joshua tree is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Joshua tree likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Joshua tree belongs to the yucca genus, and is native to Arizona, California, Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.


Yucca brevifolia

Also known as

Yucca palm, Tree yucca and Palm tree yucca

How to care for Joshua tree


How often to water your Joshua tree

Water needs for Joshua tree
0.5 cups
every 12

Joshua tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Joshua tree

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.

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Finding light for Joshua tree in your home

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

Joshua tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Joshua tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Joshua tree

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

Difficulty Level

Joshua tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Joshua tree

Joshua tree

Joshua tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 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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