Repotting a ponytail palm

In this article I wanted to list top 10 most common mistakes gardeners make when transplanting a palm. Of course there are much more things that can go wrong but this should help.

Mistake 1: Planting too deep. The palm should always be planted so that the top of the root-shoot interface is about one inch below the surface of the soil. Planting too deep might result in water stress, nutrient deficiency and eventually death of the palm.

Mistake 2: Planting too high. If the roots are exposed, then the palm was planted to high. Such palms are said to be “on their tiptoes”. Palms with exposed roots are unstable and can topple over from a high wind.

Mistake 3: Fertilizing. Do not put fertilizer into the hole before putting the palm in. It will burn palms roots. A lot of people do that and then are very surprised when their palm is dying. After transplanting, palm tree should not be fertilized until it produces new growth. Also, I recommend using slow release fertilizer.

Mistake 4: Planting too late. Depending on the climate in your area, planting too close to winter might be a bad idea. It takes some time for the palm after being transplanted to develop new root system. Without new roots it might not survive the cold weather.

Mistake 5: Soil air pockets. When backfiling the hole, make sure there is no air pockets. Otherwise, the root ball will sink in after some time leaving the palm too deep in the ground.

Mistake 6: Supporting blocks. When installing supporting blocks, don’t nail them directly into the trunk of the palm. Wounds to a palm trunk are permanent and can lead to palm diseases.

Mistake 7: Root pruning. Unlike broadleaf trees, palm trees roots don’t need to be pruned. A lot of palms depend on the old roots until the new root system is developed. Pruning the roots, will leave the palm without any mechanism to get water.

Mistake 8: Leaf Removal. Nurseries remove some of the old palm fronds to help the palm with water stress after transplanting. Don’t remove all of the palm fronds as this will get the palm into a shock. You should remove no more than ¾ of fronds. Removal of the middle leaves might even kill the palm.

Mistake 9: Keeping the leaves tied up. Most nurseries tie up the leaves before transporting a palm. You should untie them after the palm is in the ground. Leaving them tied up will not improve the growth, but might provide a favorable environment for palm diseases.

Mistake 10: Not planting the palm right away. Leaving the palm just laying there with the exposed roots is the worst thing you can do. If you can’t plant the palm right away, wrap the root ball in a damp tarp and spray it with a hose as often as necessary to keep the rootball moist.

~Susan Brian

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Ponytail Palm Bonsai Care Guide

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General Information

Beaucarnea recurvata is a broadleaf evergreen native to dry, semi-desert regions of Mexico, Belize, and the southern United States. In ideal conditions in these native locations the plant may grow to 30 feet, but as a container plant stays closer to 6-8 feet. This popular houseplant is not actually a palm, and the matter of its family classification has been an issue of some confusion over the years. It has been classified at one time or another in the Agavaceae, Nolinaceae, and Ruscaceae families. Whatever the case of its true identity, it is also called the Bottle Palm and Elephant’s Foot due to its unique stem.

Tree’s Attributes

The stem is what makes this plant truly unique – it is bulbous at the bottom (to retain water) and slender as it goes up. The surface is gray and rough, developing furrows and cracks as it ages (adding to its resemblance to an elephant’s skin). The long, green fronds burst out of the top and branches in a fountain-like habit, and can become as long as six feet. The leaves are serrated along the edges with little points that are sharp enough to break skin. The plant rarely flowers as a container plant. When older plants do bloom, the flowers are creamy white and appear in clusters.

Temperature/Lighting/Location

The Ponytail Palm is able to survive hot outdoor weather very well, which means it is also able to withstand the heat indoors in winter. If kept as an outdoor bonsai in temperate climates, it should be brought indoors when the temperature dips below 55° F to ensure proper Bonsai Palm Tree care. This plant likes bright light, preferably full sun but indirect bright light indoors will do as well. Drafts or vents may dry the leaves out so be careful with indoor placement.

Watering

The beauty of the Ponytail Palm is its ability to store water, almost like a camel. Its trunk can hold enough water to last up to four weeks. Watering every two weeks is usually a safe bet but keep an eye on the plant to develop the proper schedule for your environmental conditions. When in doubt, wait another week to water. If the foliage begins to yellow, this is a sign of watering too often. Brown, dry leaves, shriveling of the stem, or desiccated roots mean that the tree is under-watered. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil surface – if it’s damp, do not water. If it’s dry, you can probably give the plant a drink.

Fertilizing

Give a liquid fertilizer mixed at half strength, administered on a weekly schedule throughout the growing season and less frequently in winter. Alternatively you may use a pelleted slow-release formula such as Vita-Gro.

Pruning/Training

Because this is not a traditional bonsai, you will not perform the normal pruning, shaping, and wiring that you would on a normal tree. The benefit is that the Ponytail Palm bonsai is very easy to care for and maintain.

Pruning of this plant involves trimming the leaves a bit to keep it looking fresh, removing dead or dry foliage in the process. Cutting the top off will typically force foliage growth out the sides, giving the plant that signature ponytail look.

The stem will sometimes produce offsets. You may remove these to keep the tree compact and neat, or you can choose to let some of them grow in order to produce the coveted multi-trunk tree. Don’t ever remove all growth at once.

Propagation

Propagating Beaucarnea recurvata can be challenging. Cuttings may not take well, but you can try to harvest and root the offsets if you desire. Rooting hormone may help.

If your tree produces seeds or you can obtain them somewhere else, you can germinate them between moist paper towels. Do not allow them to dry out. In about two weeks the seeds should sprout; once the hulls fall off, use tweezers to move them to seedling trays and place in a sunny location. Spraying the soil with water will keep the fragile seedlings moist without disturbing the soil. Once they reach about two inches in height you can move them to potting soil.

Repotting

This bonsai likes to be root-bound, so you should only repot if you want the tree to grow taller. If you do repot the Ponytail Palm, a ceramic pot is best, as these hearty plants have been known to break through plastic. Repotting should be carried out in spring or summer, using a soil mix with an ample ratio of sand to prevent root rot.

Insects/Pests & Disease

Although resistant to most disease, spider mites or scale can infest this bonsai. Scale appear as brownish bumps on foliage and must be removed by hand or with the tip of a sharp knife. Mites may be rinsed off with a spray of dish liquid soap and water, or you can spray the tree with neem oil. From our experience, 100% Neem Oil is the most effective.

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As one of the most popular houseplants found in homes all around the world, the Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is one of the easiest to grow and require very little maintenance by their owners. If you’re looking to add a splash of charm into your home, but don’t want to put much time or thought into it, then this tropical houseplant may just be the perfect choice for you.

Originating from the arid landscapes of Mexico, the name Ponytail “palm” is a bit of a misnomer. While the bulbous trunk indeed had some similarities to the trunks of other palm trees, the Beaucarnea recurvata is actually a drought-resistant succulent. And that bulbous trunk is where the plant stores its water.

How to Care for Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palms are one of the easiest houseplants to care for.

They require little water, love lots of light, you don’t have to fertilize often, and they have the ability to adapt to the comfortable temperatures often found in homes. The downside of growing a ponytail palm inside your home is the incredible slow pace in which they grow.

As long as you don’t over-water it, you probably won’t kill it. It’s pretty much that simple.

However, if you want your plant to grow tall, thrive and be healthy, there are some easy guidelines you can follow to help you provide the best care for your ponytail palm.

Botanical Info

Latin Name Beaucarnea recurvata
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Beaucarnea
Common Names Ponytail Palm, Elephant Foot Palm, Bottle Palm, Nolina Palm
Origin Mexico, South America
USDA Zone 10 – 11

Growing Conditions

Water Once every ~10 days.
Light Bright & full exposure to sun.
Soil Cactus potting soil.
Fertilize Once a month. Diluted liquid fertilizer.
Temperature Warm. Keep above 55°F.
Humidity Adaptable. Not too low.
Maintenance Easy to care for.
Grow Inside? Yes
Grow Outside? Yes. Best in USDA Zone 10 – 11
Safe for Pets? Yes. But, care should be taken.
Container Size Depends on how large you want it to grow.

7 Common Questions About Ponytail Palms

To help ensure that you’re providing to proper care for your ponytail palm, we have listed out the most frequently asked questions down below. If you have a question that you don’t see listed or would like to add additional feedback for others to learn from, please leave it down in the comment section below.

1. How often do you water a ponytail palm?

Not often, but the frequency depends largely on the environment you’re growing it in. Below, we have some general guidelines to watering a ponytail palm, but the best advice is to give it a drink of water when you see the soil start to dry.

  • During Hotter Months — You’ll want to water your ponytail palm plant once every 7-10 days.
  • During Cooler Months — You’ll want to slow down the watering schedule to once every 20-30 days.

If you don’t abide to that precise schedule, don’t fret. This plant is great at surviving long periods without water. But, if you want a healthy plant that grows to its fullest, you should try to follow the watering guidelines listed above.

Remember: The easiest way to kill a ponytail palm is by over-watering. Less is more.

2. How much light does it need?

Ponytail palms love lots of light. Remember, this plant is native to arid deserts, so full exposure to the sun will be appreciated by this plant. However, while full exposure is recommended, ponytail palms are adaptable to little or moderate amounts of light.

The downside of less light exposure is that you’ll see a noticeable slow down in its growth. And for an already slow-growing houseplant, this may just completely stunt it.

So, if you want your ponytail palm to grow tall, give it lots of light.

3. How often should I fertilize a ponytail palm?

Depends on the season and environment you’re growing your ponytail plant in. A general guideline is to fertilize your plant once every 3 or 4 weeks. If you see the tips of the leaves start to turn brown, then you’re using too much fertilizer.

  • Spring & Summer — Add fertilizer once every 2 or 3 weeks.
  • Fall & Winter — Add fertilizer once every 4 to 6 weeks.

Adding fertilizer is essential to the overall health of houseplants, and Beaucarnea recurvata is no different. Liquid fertilizers are recommended for ponytail palms, but granular fertilizers will also suffice. An all-purpose fertilizer will work fine here, but you can also consider using one formulated for cactus and other succulents.

4. What kind of soil should I use?

The best type of soil for this plant is one that drains quickly. Unlike many popular tropical houseplants, the last thing the ponytail palm wants is to sit around in moist soil for an extended period of time.

When you repot or transplant, it is recommended that you use a soil designed for cactus or succulents. If you want to make your own soil mixture, keep it light on the amount of peat you use within.

Remember: Keep the soil dry, and water sparingly.

5. Is repotting possible with a ponytail palm?

Yes, repotting a ponytail palm is possible and easy to do, but precautions should be made before you undertake this effort.

  • Size Matters — First, consider how large the tree is, and where you’re going to be moving it to. Larger plants will likely require more help from others, as well as a few other tools or equipment to assist in the transplant. On the flip side, if you’re repotting a small bonsai ponytail palm, then you likely won’t need any help or special tools.
  • Do In Spring — It is recommended that repot your ponytail palm early in the growing season, as this gives it plenty of time to adjust to the larger pot and form strong roots.
  • Examine the Roots — Once you have it out of the original container, take a close look at the roots of your plant. Look for any signs of bugs, rotted areas, or anything that looks injured or contaminated. Cut these off before you repot in new container.

Keep in mind: Transplanting it to a larger pot will encourage the plant to grow larger. This may be a deal-breaker for anyone growing a bonsai palm.

6. Is this plant safe for pets?

According to the ASPCA, the ponytail palm does not pose any toxicity threats to dogs or cats.

However, every homeowner with pets should know, and possibly take precautions if deemed necessary, that the leaves of the Beaucarnea recurvata contain saponin which may cause discomfort in some animals if ingested. So, while it’s unlikely that any harm will come to your dog or cat, it may be wise to keep an eye on them and ensure that they are not eating or chewing on the leaves.

It’s also worth noting that saponins are found in many popular houseplants, not just the ponytail palm. They also pose no danger to humans. In fact, saponin is found in many dietary supplements and are suggested to have some nutritional benefits.

7. Can you grow a ponytail palm outside?

Yes, but it’s recommended that you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 10 or 11 if you want your plant to thrive. The sandy soil and hotter temperatures create an ideal environment for growing the ponytail palm outside.

Today, I want to show you how to care for and repot a ponytail palm

I bought this plant as a little specimen in a 6″ pot at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market 7 years ago. I put it in an 8″ terra cotta pot when I got home.

Then, a few years later, into the 13″ turquoise glazed pot it went. I could tell it was now feeling a bit stunted (how much would be made evident after I took it out of that pot) so another transplant was in order. Here’s some info about this “really cool” plant, care tips both as a houseplant and in the garden along with the steps I took to re-pot my 3-headed Ponytail Palm.

If you’re only interested in how I care for my Ponytail Palms, then scroll about halfway down. As usual, there’s a video at the end.

Ponytail Palms grow slowly but need pots large enough to hold their bulbous bases. Those bulbs store water so as the plant grows. You need to be a muscle man (or woman) to lift a large Ponytail. The tallest I’ve seen was 15 feet, and the bulbs were huge. I wouldn’t want to move that!

Here’s a Nolina enjoying the great outdoors at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

Here’s the future deluxe home of the Ponytail Palm before its “jazz me up” paint job. I got this composite 20″ plastic pot at Marshall’s for 22 bucks. It’s good & sturdy – a real steal but a bit too blah for my tastes.

Contrary to their name, Ponytail Palms actually aren’t palms. There’s varying opinion as to what plant family they’re classified in – the Asparagus Family or the Agave Family.

To further confuse things, I learned the botanic name as Beaucarnea recuvata but some people list it as Nolina recurvata. Confusing – the nomenclature and classification of this plant are definitely not cut and dry.

Sitting on its pedestal in the pretty pot, root bound as can be.

Ponytail Palms act more like succulents as they are drought tolerant. That round base is their water storage mechanism and they’re often seen growing alongside cacti.

Here’s how I re-potted the Ponytail Palm:

  • Lucy was here to do the filming so I recruited her to help me haul it in the garage to my potting/craft table.
  • First of all, I tied up the ponytails which you’ll see in the photos below so they weren’t in my way.
  • I took my pruning saw & ran it around the edges to loosen the root ball. It helped a bit but Pony wasn’t budging at all. I held the bulbs & Lucy pulled the pot. It took brute force but I didn’t want to break the pot.

This is why we had a hard time getting it out of the pot. Like cramming a size 10 foot into a size 6 stiletto!

A hairdresser I am not but this updo keeps the leaves out of the way while I’m doing this.

Here is the rest of how to care for and repot a ponytail palm:

  • I used a 1/1 mix of organic potting soil ( I’m partial to Happy Frog because of its high-quality ingredients. It’s great for container planting, including houseplants) & succulent & cactus mix. Ponytail Palms need to stay on the dry side & to have excellent drainage. The light mix ensures this.
  • Ponytails really don’t need fertilizer. I added in a good dose of worm castings at planting time. Twice a year I’ll water in a mix of manure (Moo Poo Tea is the brand I use) & worm castings tea.
  • Never sink the bulbous base lower than its existing soil line. You’ll notice this in the video.
  • The root ball was left up about an inch or so higher than I wanted it as the weight of the plant will pull it down in the light planting mix.
  • This Ponytail Palm was left dry for about a week & then thoroughly watered it in.
  • I top dressed it about a month after the re-potting. I wanted it to settle in before bedecking it with the blue/purple mussel shells & the green glass disks.

I top dressed the soil in mussel shells I collected on the beach (I found them empty – no mussels were harmed!) & sprayed them to match the pot & added green glass disks to shiny things up.

Here’s my Ponytail in the purple/blue custom-painted pot with its new Burro’s Tail Sedum friends that were taken as cuttings from my front garden.

As far as houseplant care goes, a Ponytail Palm couldn’t be any easier. This is one plant which is tolerant of the dry air our homes are notorious for.

The two most important things to know regarding having this plant in your home are: it needs high light and you must keep it on the dry side.

Here’s the short list of care tips:

Light

High. 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight a day ideally a few feet away from the window. And, rotate your plant every few months so it get light evenly on all sides.

Low. Once every 3-4 weeks at the most. If it’s in a really small pot, then it will need it a bit more often.

This is what baby Ponytail Palms look like.

Pests

Susceptible to mealybugs & spider mites. If the infestation is not bad, a good spray down in the sink or shower will get rid of both. Be sure to spray the undersides of the leaves & in the nodes.

Positives

Ponytail Palms, unlike many other houseplants, are not toxic to pets.

They are great for people who travel because of their ease of care.

As they grow, they develop a beautiful trunk & become quite interesting.

Negatives

They do grow very slowly, especially in homes environments. So if you want a larger one, buy it that one. That being said, tall Ponytail Palms aren’t always easy to find in the interior trade.

Because they store water in their bulbs, they are easy to overwater. Don’t!

Cats love to chew on their crunchy foliage.

Here’s my other Ponytail Palm which lives in the front garden.

That’s it.

My two Ponytails live outdoors all year long and the more I ignore them, the better they seem to do. They grow in containers on my patios and I water them really well every 4 weeks. I do treat them to a worm casting/manure tea blend once in early Spring and once in late Summer which keeps them happy as can be. I repot them every 3 years (or so) because they have a multitude of fleshy roots.

You should get one of these Cousin It look-alike plants. They’re fun to look at and easy to take care of. Be sure to check out our houseplant care book, Keep Your Houseplants Alive because the Ponytail Palm is in it. If you don’t have enough light for this one, then you’ll find another plant in the book which suits you and your home to a T!

I just wanted to show you these few pics from a couple of years back when a monarch hatched off this plant:

The caterpillar came from the butterfly weed in the backyard & climbed up the pot.

After a few days of crawling around, it attached itself to one of the leaves.

It morphed into a chrysalis (you can see the butterfly inside) & 1 day, it was gone.

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General Background:

The Pony Tail Palm is not actually a palm; this native of southeastern Mexico is actually a member of the lily family and, also goes by the names Bottle Palm and Elephant’s Foot because of its bulbous base. Ponytails make great indoor Bonsais and, are ideal for beginners who desire a slow growing, low maintenance plant for home, office or anywhere. Considered extremely hardy, they do well in either bright, indirect, or full sun; making it a bonsai to sit back and enjoy. Simply providing light and a little water will ensure that this plant will flourish for years.

Tree Features:

The Ponytail Palm has a unique feature in the swollen base of the trunk, which is where it stores a reserve of water making it highly tolerant to drought. The texture of the trunk looks and feels like an elephant’s foot from which clusters of long strap-like leaves arch and droop gracefully from the trunk giving the impression of a tropical palm. No two specimens are alike ensuring that your ponytail bonsai is a one of a kind treasure.

Temperature:

Ponytail Palms are native to a dry Mexican climate; this habitat allows it to survive outdoors in dry hot summers as well as giving it the ability to withstand interior winter heat very well, once the temperature goes below 55 degrees. If it is normally indoors and you take it outside, do it a little at a time until it gets used to its new environment. Avoid putting your Bonsai near a draft or vent, which dries out the foliage.

Lighting:

Provide your ponytail palm with bright indirect light to full sun. Any window space indoors particularly one facing north will suit the light requirements of this high-light plant; however, full sun is best. This Bonsai can adjust to bright artificial light as well as it is not at all picky.

Watering:

Because water is stored in the trunk for longer time periods, it doesn’t need to be watered frequently. Your Ponytail palm will need its soil to dry well between watering, and if you have any doubt as to whether or not to water the plant, skip it until the next week. If your Pony tail palm develops dry, brown foliage, a shriveled stem or desiccated roots, you can be sure that these are signs of under watering. Excessive watering can drown the roots and cause root decay. Remember, The Ponytail Palm’s extraordinarily thick, bulbous trunk serves as a reservoir, storing water against dry spells which makes it very drought tolerant. This feature allows the tree to last up to four weeks without water and not harming the plant. Ponytails generally need to be watered every couple of weeks, but there is no set schedule. Check your Bonsai regularly by sticking your finger into the soil. Do not water the tree if the soil is damp or cool and when the topsoil feels dry, water thoroughly and deeply. If yellow foliage begins to appear, allow several days to pass before watering again and make sure the soil is draining well and the roots are not sitting in water. Our Haws Watering Set, which consists of a watering can & professional mister, will help you deliver the perfect amount of water to your Ponytail Palm.

Fertilizing:

Fertilizing a Bonsai is essential to its health because nutrients in the soil are washed away with each watering. Fertilizer is like vitamins and minerals for a plant. When new growth appears in the spring, it’s time to start feeding your Bonsai. Use an organic liquid fertilizer or a chemical fertilizer diluted to 1/2 strength. Ponytail Palms should be fertilized once or twice per month during the growing season and once a month in the winter. Water your tree well before fertilizing and try our Neptune’s Seaweed (0-0-1) – an organic supplement which provides over 60 naturally occurring major and minor nutrients and amino acids. Fertilizing a weak or freshly repotted tree will cause stress to the tree by burning the roots.

Pruning / Training:

The tuft of thin leaves that poke out of the top of the bonsai will need only a little trimming to keep the entire plant looking fresh. To keep this Bonsai miniature, it needs to be trimmed and pruned as new growth appears. Never remove all the new growth at one time. Ponytail Palms are pruned by cutting the top to force foliage to grow from the sides of the trunk creating the ponytail look. Sit at eye level with your Bonsai tree and use Bonsai trimming shears. Your cuts should be smooth or slightly concave so the wound will heal quickly. If the cut surface is brown, add pruning paint to the surface. Ponytail Palms can be trimmed throughout the year. The Ponytail Palm does not need training like some Bonsai and cannot be wired. Regular pruning should be all that is needed to keep your Palm in shape. Check out our TinyRoots 4 Piece Tool Set which comes with a 101 Tips book.

Insects / Pests:

Insects such as spider mites and scale are common Ponytail palm pests. Small moving pinpoints of red or brown on branch tips identify mites, severe infestations leave “spider webs on branch tips and yellow leaves all over the tree. Scale is identified by brown or black bumps on the branches. These bumps contain insects under a protective waxy shell which should be removed by hand. To combat pests, spray a light coat of Neem oil or a solution of 1 tsp. dish soap to 1 quart warm water and rinse well. Repeat as needed.

Propagation:

Pony tail palms can be grown from seeds. Lay two layers of paper towels onto a flat surface and sprinkle the ponytail palm seeds onto the paper towels. Mist with water so that the paper towels are moderately damp. Layer a single sheet of paper towels on top of the seeds and mist with water. Place in a cool, dry place shielded from wind, heat and sunlight. Keep the paper towels moist, checking daily to ensure the towels are not drying out. Wait for the seeds to sprout. This may take approximately two weeks. Remove the ponytail palm seedlings once they have germinated and the seed hulls have fallen off of the seedlings. Use tweezers to carefully remove the seedlings, as baby ponytail palms are fragile. Carefully insert into the seedling trays and cover with the seedling mix so that only the seedling’s top leaves are visible and place the tray in an area that gets two to three hours of direct sunlight.

Too much sunlight can quickly dry out the seedling mix and kill the plants. Water gently, being careful not to wash away the seedling mix to expose the fragile plant. Once the seedlings have grown to a height of 2 inches tall, carefully scoop up the seedling and its surrounding soil and place in a pot filled with potting soil. Place the pots in direct sunlight and water twice daily. You may choose to replant the ponytail palms into the ground when they are too large for their pot or continue transplanting them to pots that are progressively larger.

Repotting:

A sandy-mix soil will minimize the probability of root rot. After repotting, water thoroughly and do not fertilize for 3-4 weeks. Re-pot the plant only if you want it to grow taller. This type of plant likes to be root bound so it is not necessary to put it in a larger pot if you see that there is not much soil and a lot of roots. However, if you desire the plant to be larger, re-pot it in a larger pot. Clay or ceramic work best as their roots have been known to bust out of plastic pots. You can transplant this Bonsai in the spring or summer. When you are ready to re-pot be sure to check out our amazing selection of beautiful bonsai pots.

Additional Comments:

The Ponytail Palm is normally grown in containers and indoors. They can reach heights of 20 feet with the right conditions which is why you will want to keep it in a small pot to ensure that your bonsai stays small.

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Why Ponytail Palms?

Ponytail Palms are becoming a popular, must-have house plant. Why? For starters, their unique tropical look makes them second to none. The Ponytail is also known as the ‘Elephant Foot Palm’ because it has the shape and texture of an elephant’s foot, as well as attractive gray bark that complements its lush green leaves.

And during summer, hundreds of tiny white blooms grace the stalk above the crown for an eye-catching floral display.

As a container palm, the Ponytail Palm can fit anywhere. Since it only grows to around 3 feet tall indoors, it’s perfect for placing on tables or countertops and in corners, lending an exotic feel to an array of spaces. During the warmer months, Ponytail Palms can be placed outdoors to greet guests with one-of-a-kind beauty.

Because of their manageable size, they can fit perfectly under utility lines and close to structures, making them the prime palm for any job. And Ponytail Palms store water in their trunks, drawing on it as needed, leaving you with little to no maintenance.

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Planting & Care

1. Planting: Ponytail Palms will thrive in a variety of conditions – in cooler climates they will like a full sun location, and in warmer areas they will prefer some afternoon shade. Ponytail Palms can tolerate almost any soil type but prefer well-draining areas.

After choosing your location, dig a hole that is three times as big around as the container the palm came in (the root ball) and just as deep. Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding soil. Then, back fill, tamp down and water to settle the roots. Mulch the planting area when done to conserve moisture and protect the roots from temperature fluctuation.

For indoors growth, choose a container that is two times larger than the one the plant initially arrived in. Fill the container part way and place the palm in the container so that the soil is just below the top of the container and fill the remainder of the way. Water until it begins to flow through the bottom drainage holes. Let the soil dry out almost completely – they can can go up to two weeks without being watered.

2. Watering: Ponytail Palms are very drought tolerant, whether they are in a container or in the ground. Water them when the soil is almost completely dry.

3. Pruning: Simply remove yellow or damaged fronds.

4. Fertilizing: Young trees do not need to be fertilized until after they grow a new spear (about 2 months). After that, they will perform best when fertilized with a slow-release fertilizer, such a 10-5-10 formula, in the spring and summer.

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Ponytail Palm Description: Very distinct trunk that’s shaped like a giant teardrop near the base. The leaf mass is dark to light glossy green and shaped like a rounded rosette with thin golden streamers at the tips of each leaflet. The Ponytail Palm, is also known as the “Elephant’s Foot Tree”.
Ponytail Palm Growth Rate: Slow
Ponytail Palm Max Height: 20′ – 30′
Ponytail Palm Cold Tolerance: 25° – 30° Fahrenheit
Ponytail Palm Care: Water regularly with good drainage. Prefers lightly packed semi-sandy soil. Semi-tolerant to drought. Use GroGanic fertilizer if faster growth rates are desired.
Ponytail Palm Landscaping Tips: This is an arid species of palm so it can be used as a great stand-alone plant or in combination with any western, desert, or oasis landscaping theme. This tree is a rare, elegant, stunningly beautiful palm that very few people have ever seen outside of the special cultivation nurseries. It always seems to have the effect of catching people’s eye and making them either want to touch it or ask you what it is.
Ponytail Palm Inventory: All prices are subject to discounts when Buying in Bulk.

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