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Friday, June 30, 2006

Ponytail Palm Plant Care

Common Name: Ponytail Palm
Scientific Name: Beaucarnea Recurvata
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate to Low

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palms get their name from their ponytail like appearance. The Ponytail palm is one of my top 10 easy to grow houseplants. It requires very little attention. The only downfall to the Ponytail palm is that it is an extremely slow grower, so don't expect great growth spurts from year to year.

The Ponytail palm should be watered thoroughly once every 7 - 14 days. The Ponytail palm is native to desert areas therefore, it has a root system similar to cactus in that the roots go deep in order to store water for long dry spells. Be sure to let the soil become dry to touch 1" to 1-1/2" deep before watering again. If you notice the lower foliage is starting to turn a yellow or brown color you may be under watering the plant. The Ponytail palm requires bright light so be sure to place it near a window where full sun is received.

Bugs and mites usually are not a problem with the palm, however if they do appear, simply spray the houseplant down with a soapy water mix twice a day until they are gone.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I inherited an old plant, about 2+ft tall and about a foot wide base. It has three arms and all on all of them the foilage keeps turning brown. There is barely any "green" on them anymore. I want to change the soil. Cactus mix is recommended? Can I cut anything back to spur growth?

5:00 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

The ponytail palm is also an extremely slow grower, so you won’t see much results from year to year. A sandy cactus soil mix will work best for your Ponytail palm.

How often are you watering the palm? Usually brown foliage is a sign of under watering. If the whole leaf is brown you can remove it completely however if the tips are just brown, I would not trim the brown tips off. My experience is when you trim the brown tips off; you only get more brown tips.

Please let me know how you palm does.


2:41 PM  
Blogger asquared said...

My Poytail Palm is supposedly quite old and almost 8 feet tall. It grew up out west and was left with me here in the east coast. It sufered a "bump on the head" when moved a couple years ago and has never fully recovered its crown. I have had some success with removing side shoots. I decided to give it a some extra attention and have moved it outside on a small patch of covered side porch for the summer. I am concerned about fully exposing it to the elements. I have no idea when it was last repotted. I am wondering how to actually go about the process of repotting it. Maybe rolling the pot on the ground? Also, I am having a hard time finding a big enough clay pot. They are so heavy, too, considering the stairs, etc.. Are the double wall plastic ones OK?

10:40 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Well, this is a challenge for me. My ponytail palm, as you can see is small. Yours should be fine outside as long as it stays above 55. Ponytail palms like bright light so a partially sunny spot outside should work fine.

In terms of large pots and how to move it, that one I'm not sure. I know our local Home Depot has large pots outside in their garden center right now, because I just had to repot my 6 foot tall Yucca.

In terms of repotting, your best bet is to have a couple of people help out. Rolling on the ground to get the plant out will probably be the easiest way.

Please do let me know how things work out. I am very intrigued and would love to see a picture of this large ponytail palm.

Thank you,

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a ponytail palm about 6feet tall in the garden its base is about 2feet wide can it be moved successfully without killing it

2:35 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Well, this is new to me. I strictly have ponytails as houseplants because I live in Wisconsin and thus limits my tropical outdoors. (I really don't like winter).

So I did some research and found a couple of forum posts talking about transplanting their ponytail palms and it seems you should be fine. But do read up on these forums, because like I said, I don't have any experience with palms outdoors.

Transplanting a Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm Root Systems

Please let me know how things turn out.


8:57 AM  
Anonymous Alabob said...

I live in Alabama. I inherited a ponytail palm that lived outside through hurricane Ivan (2004), had a tree fall on it and skinned the bark a little bit, so when I found it I brought it home and repotted it. It's done wonderfully on my porch in the summers and indoors in winter. My question is, this plant is now about 9' tall and has a shoot growing out of the trunk. Can I start another plant from the shoot and how is that done? How close to the mother plant should I remove it? This palm is very dear to me and I sure don't want to do anything to harm it. It's been through enough. Thanks.

7:24 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Well I honestly can say I'm not familiar with seperating ponytail palms. I found a few websites that say you can do it, but no specific instructions. I will do some more research.

If any of the readers have had any experience with splitting ponytail palms, please share them.

Here's the one site I found that said you can do it.
Houston Gardening


9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a PT yesterday and it is around 60cm tall. My question is about the side roots. Should I remove them?
I read in a book that the side shoots should be trimmed off to maintain health but what I see is just roots coming out of the top of the "ball" and going deep into the soil. Are these new shoots (to be removed) or external roots?!


4:25 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


I wouldn't trim the roots off if they are going back into the soil. I have not experienced this with my palm. If any of my readers can give us a hand it would be greatly appreciated.


8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a number of Ponytail palms and put them outside in April or so, here in the Midwest and bring them in before the first frost. They overwinter in my kitchen and get the brown tips from the dryer inside air. They like to be pot-bound. I guess I have 10 in different sizes, the largest is about 3' tall and I've had it for around 25+ years.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Onewitchywomn said...

I am responding to the person that was concerned about repotting and rolling the plant around. I also have a ponytail that is 7 to 8 ft tall and I repotted mine. I had to roll it around and it didn't mind at all. My problem is I have it in the biggest pot I could find and it has busted out of the pot. The pot was plastic, so now I am looking for a bigger pot that is ceramic. So take note, don't put your plant in a plastic pot, it will break out of it. Mine stays outside on the patio all summer long, so it doesn't mind the elements at all.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous poppop said...

I have an old Pony Tailthat has grown from about 14" to a current 48". Over the years it had thrived on bottom watering. It was recovering from last year's neglect when our house sitter
forgot to water it for almost 4 weeks. This year the house sitter overwatered it and the crown completely died and also a pool of fetid, brown water with some kind of fungus developed in the saucer. Before I toss it, I would like to know if anyone has had any kind of regeneration after amputating the crown or if there is any chance that it will heal itself.

9:32 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I can't help you out. I wouldn't toss it yet, but I can't promise anything. I've never had this happen.

Can any of my readers help us out??


9:41 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I have two very large plants growing in my backyard. Both are over ten feet tall. Last year the female flowered and we harvested the seeds. It was the first time we got seeds. We have hundreds of thousands of them. We have let them dry and are now trying to get new starts going. I have them in small clay pots with plastic wrap over them. How wet should I keep the soil?

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I recently purchased a ponytail palm from Wal Mart, and the pot that it came in is very, very small, and it is in some sort of rocks, rather than dirt... when should I try to report this tree?.. the tree is a little over a foot tall, and the base takes up nearly the entire pot... it just seems as though it needs to be repotted. Or, do ponytail palms like small growth areas?

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I bought a ponytail palm from a lady that is moving. I don't know anything about plants, but when I saw this plant I had to get it because its so pretty; I almost thought it was fake! The tags say, 10" palms in clay. clay? Again, I don't know anything about plants, but I would like to repot it into something that is bigger. How do I go about doing that? Would it even be a good idea? The plant is surrounded by pebbles that seem to be glued/stuck together. I don't even know where to start. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thx!

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have a ponytail plant and my cat loves it!! every morning she jumps up and its like she is sucking on it. some of the tips a turning brown but oter her than that the plant is very healthy. Can you please tell me way mt cat is so crazy over it. is it normal or is my cat crazy?? : )


2:30 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


We'll your cat isn't the first cat that loves houseplants. I'm not really familar with how to keep your cat away from it besides moving it. I have big dogs so they tend to stick to their dog food.

Any readers have cats that could help us out??


1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought three ponytail palms that look like they join beneath the soil. The "trunk" of each one is about 1 inch tall. I'm quite an impatient person, so could anyone tell me about how much do they grow eg. per year? I would also like some care tips because it came out of the garden centre quite mangled and I would like to nurse it back to health. And if they are three separate plants, have they done that because they expect the other two to die before they grow up?
Please help!

2:29 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Well, you purchased one of the slowest growing houseplants there are. I've had mine for over 5 years and let's just say it looks the same as it did 5 years ago.

Read the tips above on how to care for your ponytail palms. They group them together, like mine has 2, because they are slow growers. None of mine have died.


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail palm that is 21 years old. It was a baby when I got it. This past winter we had an unexpected freeze and it killed the crown. The stem and bulb still seem to be alive, will it sprout again?

11:17 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


I'm assuming your ponytail palm was outside? I really have no experience with palms outdoors. Can any of my readers give us a hand??


5:21 PM  
Blogger sometrouble said...

I recently got a ponytail palm. When I brought it home, my cats were intrigued. They kept trying to get on the high shelf where I put it. So I brought it down to the floor to let them check it out, hoping they would leave it alone after that. One cat started biting the leaf tips and pulling them rather roughly.

I have heard that pepper will deter cats from houseplants. So I sprayed the plant with a water mist and sprinkled Black Pepper all over the leaves. It didn't work. So I went one up and did the same thing with Cayenne Pepper. That seems to be keeping the cats away.

If you do this, I would try to avoid getting much pepper in the soil; because I don't know if it would be harmful to the plant or not.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I would decide to put the ponytial palm on the patio, with
direct sunlight 3/4 of the day, would it survive?

12:03 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


It depends where you live, temperature high and lows, etc. I really have no experience with tropical plants outdoors. If you provide us with some more specifics on where you live, some of my readers may be able to help you out.


3:01 PM  
Blogger Moninne said...

I recently purchased a Ponytail Palm at a garage sale. It was 6 feet tall until the wind blew it over on my deck. The top 4 inches broke off. My question...can I replant the top portion with some root compound and have it live? It is placed in a glass of water right now. Also will the rest of my Palm live without its top? Thanks, Moninne

3:05 PM  
Blogger Florida said...

I live in the Central Florida area. In 2004 my ponytail was about4' tall. It was planted outside. when the hurricanes came through Sanford, the top was knocked off. I stuck the top in the ground just to see what would happen. Nothing. some time went buy and the one still in the front yard, with part shade, grew three limbs. Now 4 years later there is a hole where the one broke off, but about 10 plants coming off one of the limbs. The plant is about 3' tall now. The other two limbs tops were looking bad and I cut those off in hopes they would grow more limbs also. It is very much a slow grower but cool to see all the changes. I agree with the thought of too much water and not enough sun. I just keep moving it if it looks different. It is in a very large hard plastic pot. When I move, my plants move...

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 10 outdoor Ponytails here in Phoenix. After a frost one of the crowns died. I completely clipped off the top & sealed it with wax. It has now developed four offshoots near the top, but it has taken two years. Don't throw them out if the top dies, clip the top and wait....and wait...and wait. they are slow growers !

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am currently house sitting for a lady who keeps 6 pony tail palms in her bath tub. They were looking a bit worse for ware so I just took them out and tidied them up a bit. This included cutting all the brown tips off before reading on this forum that you shouldn't do that. Will they be ok?

Also some of the leaves have black spots on them, what are they?

I've just moved them outside too as the climate here in Malta is hot, this is recommended yes?

Plus any secret tips for keeping panytail palms?

Thank you!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we leave it under a house light??

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a ponytial palm for 5 years and bought it as a baby. I don't know what you mean by slow grower, as unfortunately it has outgrown it's sunny window home now at over 3 feet tall. What is the best lighting to use indoors? It has thrived through several repottings and I so want to keep it healthy.
Thanks in advance

11:27 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


You can try getting the top portion to re-root. Also, cleanly cut where it snapped off and it may sprout new growth there as well.

Keep us posted.

3:22 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


The black spots could be scale. Can you scrape or peel them off? Try spraying the plants with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day and see if the black spots go away.


3:24 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I have to say I have never seen a ponytail palm grow more than a foot within years. You're saying yours grew 3 feet within 5 years??

Any advice you can give us would be better than what I can give you because mine barely grow inches.

Whatever lighting you have used, keep using!!!

-- drayas

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pony tail palm that is about 4 years old. Its thriving in its current pot and location...almost too much. It's huge! I hate to say it but it's becoming so big that its getting rather unattractive. It has nummerous arms that are 3-5 feet long. Can I trim healthy leaves? Can I plant outside and let it get as big as it wants?

8:53 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Planting outside depends on your climate and temperatures. I'm not sure on that as I don't have an outside tropical plants.

In terms of trimming, can any of my readers help us out??


2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given a pony tail palm, where it first lived outdoors in a pot in southern Florida, where it thrived. It was moved to North Carolina Mountain home where it remained outside this past Summer, and continued to thrive. I brought it back to Wisconsin in late October, where it is now indoors for the first time. I have two palms in one pot, but they are separate plants. One lost some lower leaves, but seems to be doing fine. The other, however has also lost some lower leaves, but the top shoot has been growing like crazy, close to 2 feet! I love the growth, but I'm thinking that is not normal. I believe it is reaching for light, as it has always been outside. I'd like to clip the top, to allow healthier growth, but I don't know if that will kill it. And if it can be clipped, can I put the clipped top in a pot where it can root? Help!

10:38 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


That much growth does sound like its reaching. Move it closer to a light source. I'm not sure about cutting the top off. I have never tried it.

Have any of my readers??

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Eve's said...

I got a pnytail fern from my husbands grandmother. It is about 35-40 years old. it stands probably 7 feet tall. When i got it it was in bad shape. All the ends were brown and had a lot of dead leaves. So I trimmed all the brown spots and pulled all the dead leaves off. It has done good for about 6 months. well recently all the ends have started to turn brown again and alot of the leaves are dying again. Is this normal?? I need to re-pot it but I can not find a big enough pot for it. It has been in my house since I have got it. I sprayed some water mixture on it and put some miricle grown on it as well. Is there anything else I can do??

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought mine at an Ikea two years ago and have not seen much if any growth in the trunk. The leaves get longer and longer. They are now 2 ft long at the longest - the trunk is only 8"!

I love the plant b/c it looks like a little tree. We tend to water it anywhere from once a month to twice a month. I fertilize it whenever I remember to - about two or thre times a year. The plant sits next to a lamp 3 ft from a southern exposure window.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pinched of 2 shoots at the base of the mother plant, put them in water for about a week, then planted them in soil. I put them in a north window and kept them watered. They have grown and are doing fine.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Ashley in FL said...

My son toppled my little 8" palm and snapped off the center of one of the clusters (*sigh*) But I find it's going to need to be repotted. I'd love for my little tree to get a little bigger. It's been inside since I bought it, we live in NW Florida closer to the gulf, so it stays fairly warm here but will have the occasional freeze... what would you guys do?

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey hey!
I live in west Florida. I have had this pony tail since 2004. It's currently 3ft tall. Recently I have moved it outside of my covered screened porch and now the base of the leaves are turning a redish color. I have 11 shoots coming off the base. Can someone tell me if the shoots need to be replaced and is the redish color bad news?


9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought what I think is a PT Palm at a grocery store...the foot is about the size of a small baby red potato, three stuck together, crammed into a 3" pot with a few rocks for looks...should it be transplanted and in what size pot? Should I try to pull apart the bulbs or let them grow that close? It's so cute but it needs some!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given a ponytail palm from a friend who was moving from the wests coast to the east coast. It was in a small pot when she bought it a year ago and has not done anything with it except water it and keep it inside in good sun light. The plant looks healthy enough, but has small rocks-pebbles all around it that are glued together. I am unable to feel the dirt or check for moistness. As this is my first experience with this plant, I could use some help in finding the proper way to re-pot in a pot that I can check the soil and make sure it has enough room for growth.
Thank You.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have 2 ponytails and I love them. They are small.. I mean the pot is only like 6 inches tall and the plant sticks out of the dirt. I keep it on my kitchen table and open all the curtains in there and it is doing great!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Trilly said...

Any chance of getting more specific about the soil mix? I've got a bag of desert sand and a bag of potting soil and was planing to mix them 50/50 but I'm scared to death I'm going to kill my ponytail. I love it! Any help at all is appreciated.

3:27 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Both of my ponytail palms are planted in Miracle Gro potting soil.


9:45 PM  
Blogger Marty-SC said...

I found this site helpful in care, soil, and proprogation

5:01 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

My palm has a white, powdery like patches on it - they wipe off - although it's covered with it. Any ideas what it is? How it should be treated?

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail palm that I've had for about a year. It's kept outside on a screen porch here in Florida and gets almost a half of day's sun. I water every 7 days. The problem is that it has what looks like a black mildew infestation on the leaves particularly close to the trunk. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong or how to correct this problem. I have sprayed it with a chemical that's supposed to get rid of mildew regularly but is not working. Help!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pony tail palm which is on the front porch in the morning sun. I live in Spain by the way. A few months ago I noticed that the foliage on two of the arms have gone mildewy and sticky. I thought maybe I had watered it too much and it would 'dry out' but it hasn't. Could it be too little water because it only gets watered around once a month. Any ideas, its such a lovely plant I would hate to lose it.

6:02 PM  
Blogger tracy said...

I have a young pony tail palm, and the top of the "new" folage thats sprouting from the top is a bright yellow, does anyone have any suggestions on what it could be?
Thank You, Tracy

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Minn. and have had a PTai for about 35 years. It's been totally an indoor plant. Unfortunately it's now about 14 feet high and is hitting the ceiling. I'm going to try cutting off the crown, down to about 6 feet , wax the end and hope it will sprout. Im pessimistic but will see. JR

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Billi's mom said...

First of all, I cut the top off my ponytail at least 15 years ago, and it grew multiple branches. (I was in a greenhouse that had a tree, and when I asked how it got that way, they said that they cut the top off.) This makes the plant wider because all branches grow. I also have cats, and they love the tips. This doesn't seem to hurt the plant, but the cats throw up the foliage that they ate, so having cats eat a pony tail is bad for carpets.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat's love the ponytail cactus as they think it looks like catgrass. If your cats play with/eat it, it would a good idea to provide some wheatgrass or catgrass for them. The chia catgrass planter system seems to work best, and is very easy. Cats need to chew on this for the greens, and know to seek it out, and they mistake our ponytail for it.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Greetings, I tend to agree with most of you reqrding the PonyTail. I have 3 plants ranging from 10 years to about 2 years (in my care) and ALL are in 12" concrete planters on my front porch in Central Florida, south side of house. ALL get direct hot sun all day. Last winter I did not cover them too well when it dropped to 22 degrees for the night and lost the leaves on one. We cut it back and left it alone and it is now fully recovered and has no less then 9 sprouts popping out all over it plus the top has fully recovered and very bushy. All plants stay about 18" to 24" in height. Very little water (1-2 times a month if no rain & that's it.

I never did read whether or not those little "bud branches" could be nipped off and used to start another plant. However if it is nipped off, THAT spot will result in a couple more buds popping out. Have fun with your plants. Those BIG ones can have the pots mounted on a little wheeled carrier so that they may be moved more easily in and out of the house for the winter. Regards; Mushroom

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

I have a ponytail that is about 6 ft tall. I repotted it when I acquired it from a friend about 8 years ago. I bought a fiberglass pot from the home improvement store and it has held together all this time. My problem is that I took the advice of other readers about putting the plant outside for the summer and mine got burnt! The leaves turned brown and died and after trimming off the dead leaves it looks like a butchered pineapple! I'm heartsick over this. This was the showpiece of my houseplants and now it looks so sad. If I cut off the trunk (about four feet long) will it grow a new top? I could put it on my enclosed sunporch where it would still get light but not be seen too much until it recovers. Also, the person who said the top leaves of their plant were yellow. My plant's new leaves are always yellow at first, then bright light green then dark green - about the same time as they fall over and cascade down the plant rather than standing up straight.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Almost all the leaves have some off my ponytail palm. It has a huge bulb (about a foot wide) and is an old plant, so I don't want to throw it out, but want to know what I can do to revive it. I have someone water my plants when I was away and they may have forgotten it. I just don't know . I looked at it one day and the leaves were drooping and turned yellow. What can I do to say it?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Joan and Chief said...

When replanting a ponytail palm outside, should the bulb be covered in soil, or left exposed. We have 2 7 foot tall ponytails that are outside and are doing well. We live on the beach in the Yucatan Peninsula...lots of alkaline water and plenty of sand. Ours grow in a sandy compost mixture. My husband insists that the bulb be covered, but every picture I've ever seen shows the bulb exposed, and the bulbs were exposed when we bought them last year (for about $10 each!) I have seen no information about the bulb issue; maybe someone can help!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous CLUELESS said...

I just got a ponytail palm because it is healthy to have a plant in every room of your house, but what i was wondering if you had any tips on how to take care of it. I HAVE NO IDEA!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Lindaa said...

I have a ponytail palm that is about 40 years old and over 6 feet tall. Recent cold weather has killed all the foliage. Can it be cut back and how far? The very top foliage has just fallen over like it's dead. I have it in a very large clay pot and a heavy duty roller tray that makes it easy to move around. Can the stalk be cut back without killing the whole plant? The bulb is healthy.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Streaker said...

I have a fairly large Ponytail palm I recently bought. About six or seven feet high. It seems healthy. I have only one large window with lot's of light however below the window are my room radiators (they are hidden behind a grill). So to put the Ponytail near the window in the winter time I must of necessity put it next to these heaters. Do you think this heat might hurt the plant eventually?

6:29 PM  
Blogger sandra said...

I live in central florida ponytail palm was hit big time with all the days of frost.
leaves are brown is green in center.....should i remove the brown leaves ....will this guy survive

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Julia Harris said...

my potted ponytail palm was hit by a windstorm, blew over & the top foliage was snapped off, mid-stem. I have the healthy bulb & about 6" of stem, besides a healthy growth of 4", mostly palm, on the side. What can I do to keep it from dying? Coat the cut end with something? Try to re-pot the baby? Will the stem ever re-generate?

9:38 AM  
Blogger Shawn Marie said...

I was just given a ponytail palm that is about 12 foot tall. how long do you think it will take to hit my 13' tall ceiling? Any idea on how old it is?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

My pony tail palm has a white colored stem growing on top which will open up into a small white colored Christmas tree looking plant.
it happened before but i have no idea how to cut it and replant it.

can anyone help me on the subject.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

My pony tail is only 2 years old and growing nicely in a 50cm clay pot. It has a small sucker on the side.Can this be removed successfully and replanted as a new plant.

Phil - Brisbane Australia

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Connie said...

i recently purchased a pt and it has 3 bulbs at the root and i was wondering if i should separate the bulbs or leave them alone

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have had several ponytail palms because I find them intriging. The first one I bought died and I watered as instructed once every 7-14 days and it began to rot at the top and eventually died. I've purchased 2 more and they are still living, but they're not doing good either. One has browning leaves and alot of leaves I've had to take off, so it's not as attractive anymore. The other one is full of white patches. I was told to clean it with alcohol and then spray it with soapy water. Does anybody have advice on how I can make them as attractive as they were the day I bought them? How often do you repot?

5:51 PM  
Blogger secertmomma12 said...

I have a 8yr old ponytail palm the top has died and the bottom has new spriouts how can I trim the top it is starting to rott

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail in a sunroom that is about 3 ft tall. It seems that the foliage growth has slowed. It was doing fine for about three years. It usually gets about 5 hrs of sunlight facing a northern window. Location is MS Gulf Coast. Should this plant be fertilized? If so, what kind?

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ptp that has turned very soft all over, from top to bottom. Is this a sign of dieing? Is there something I should do to prevent it"s total demise? thx.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail palm in a pot on my back porch and earthworms have taken over the soil.

The soil has turned into what looks like clay and I am afraid that there is not enough drainage because of what the earthworms have done to the soil.

Should I repot to improve drainage? The earthworms will return, I am sure. Or is this just fine? I recently lost a manioch to root rot though I do not think earthworms were in that pot. I have had my ponytail palm for over 12 years and would be heartbroken if that happened again.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ihave a ponytail palm it/s doing just find what i,am trying to find out is it,s seem to have grown a new shoot on the side what do ido leave it alone

3:54 PM  
Blogger Cesar said...

I have two ponytail plant ,of which I started from a small bulb that eventually grew to a robust big bulb after 10 years. For show
I raised up one of the bulb about five inches above the pot with the rest of the roots still on the soil.Do you think my plant will survive from its unusal planting?

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in the Houston,Texas area, about 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, I received a PT palm, about 6" tall 20 years ago. It is now about 5 Ft. tall and been outdoors for 3 years. When it gets below freezing, I put a blanket over it. The "sprouts" off the bulb-- how can they be rooted to start other plants?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Bassfortville7 said...

We just moved from Ind. to Fl. We have a 12 foot tall pony tail palm in our front yard. It has a hole in the trunk at the base. How do we care for it. We have now idea how to care for tropical plants. Please help.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: A large container for your ponytail, I have a few suggestions as I am going through the same thing!

1) A large trash can and cut it to the height you need. Be careful of the sharp newly cut plastic though.

2) A large metal wash tub. these can be found at agri/tractor supply or a feed store.

3) A 55gallon drum/rain barrel metal or plastic cut to size. *sharp edges again. can be found at feed stores or agri/tractor supply.

4) Build a wooden box seal it with paint and use a pond liner the sheet flexible rubber material from lowes or home depot.

5) A plastic pond found at lowes or home depot

6) An old round charcoal grill.

7) OR pony up (pun intended) and pay the big bucks and order one online from some place like simply planters.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Lanette said...

I have a 40 year old, 10 1/2 foot pony tail palm. It is a slow grower, 2 1/2 feet in 7 years, indoors, Alaska. Ours regrew it's crown after reaching ceiling height at a prior location. Ours grew side branches after a sub-zero incident involving a left open door. It shed nearly everything and recovered really quick. I have transplanted twice in 8 year period; cactus+ pro-mix.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Kerri said...

Hi, I just found your blog because I think I need help with my Ponytail Palm.

I bought it cheap because it appeared to be dying. I repotted it, but it sounds like I need a bigger pot by your blog. I water it well once a week and I spritz the leaves with water regularly.

The leaves appear to be growing out, some of the tips are brown and now the base feels loose in the dirt. It didn't used to be loose.

How do I save this Ponytail and if I'm able to save it, how do I prone it properly?

Thanks so much.

below is a link to a picture of my Ponytail.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous KJ said...


9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help, I have a pt with a 12" base. Have had it for 12 yrs, inherited from my dad. It's only 3 ft tall. I've never had a problem until today when I noticed a white gooey substance on 2 sides of the the bulb. It has spent summers outside and winters inside (Michigan). What is this stuff? What do I do? It's the last plant that I got from my dad, I just can't lose it.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leaves on my plant no longer stand up, they flop and it just looks sad. Any Suggestions?

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I had bought a ponytail palm this past summer, and have had to transplant it once since I got it. I have a question about how the tips or sometimes its the whole leaf itself turns brown. I found this site after I had already cut off all the brown from it, because I did not know that it is not good for the palm. My question though is: Would you have any idea as to why it would be turning brown on some of the leaves/tips, even though I have an aqua globe that I always make sure to keep water in (I only have to refill the globe every 1 1/2 - 2 weeks). Could it be caused because of over-watering? The leaves are dried out though, so that is why I don't understand why it would be drying out on some of the leaves if I keep it watered.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I top my pony tail plant will it generate new growth at the to. Currently it is about 6 feet tall in a 15" pot kept out side in the summer and indoors in the winter.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I also just got my PT last week! I grew up in the south and moved to Idaho about 9 years ago, Silly me tried so hard to grow level 6 palms in Idaho...NO GO!! But now that I'm in Louisiana I'm givin it a go again, Palms make me feel at home, when I saw the pony tail at Wal Mart I had to get one...

One ? tho, there's a lot about this plant needing the dry times between waterings, BUT also says that if the tips are turning brown that I may be tips are brown now but I don't know what to do because even the very top of the soil isn't dry...Only had it a week so I've only watered once, Not sure what to do???

3:46 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

Here is some advice on soil,water and pests. i have had my ponytail palm for 10 years now. i also grow bonsai and other houseplants.i grow all tropical indoor plants. indoors all year round. i used just regular potting soil. i hear that the ponytail palm will grow fine in sandy soil also. i think potting soil is best. the ponytail palm does not need much feeding once a year in spring. just water every week and a half or two weeks when the plant is in hot temps indoors. if the tips of the leafs are getting brown then water more often. in winter water less once every month. when the plant is small or young you may want to water a little more often. again watch the tips of the leafs. soak the soil good when you water it. if you have the plant outside in full sun in 90 degree weather then you may have to water more often depending on how fast the soil is drying out. you don't want to over water it. allways have holes in the bottom of the pot so the water can drain out!!! or you will get root rot! mine is in plastic pots. my ptp was in front of a fan driven heater in the winter with no ill affects. but the air hitting the trunk was not very hot it was warm.white powdery patches is miele bugs you want to get rid of them right away.check at the base of the leaves spray if seen. black spots may be scale or mold or fungi remove it and keep in well ventilated spot and not to wet. brown leafs are normal at the bottom of the top. just pull down on them and remove them. brown leafs at the middle or top mean you have a problem! brown tips just cut the brown off. if your ptp does not look healthy your soil may need replaced. take plant out of the pot take a inch or so of soil off the top and a third from sides and bottom. replace with fresh potting soil. water it. keep in semi shade for a few days.when you do this you should see no change to the plant right away it will take a few weeks. if there is very little soil at the sides but just roots then put in larger pot. you should have at least 2 inches or more of soil on all sides top and bottom of plant. posted 5/14/2011

4:45 PM  
Anonymous nelia 31 said...

I have a ponytail palm for the past 17+ years.. This plant is very centimential to be but it has gotten to be so big i can't find a big enough pot to even plant it in. I now currently live in N.C. and i am worried about planting it outside...? Was wondering if its covered and with a heating lamp near it.. Would it be ok? What should i do?

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pony Tail Palms are one of the slowest growing plants, and love to be pot bound! The caudex, it's not a trunk hold's water, so you can get away without watering for 2 wks, although they come from a humid environment, so they love to be spritzed w/ some water every couple of days, if your home is dry in the winter, make sure this is done. The PT is a nontoxic plant, and yes cats love to play with it, be rest assured they won't die. There are no 2 PT's alike, I bought one that was missing alot of leaves, and was potbound, so I placed it in a saucer clay pot, and after 6 months all the leaves grew back, yes it does grow roots into the dirt, leave them! When they shoot off babies, be careful separating them. They like bright light and can be outside, however not in full sun. I live in MA w/ harder winters, and pretty good summers. Make sure it has good draining soil with holes in bottom of the pot, and a saucer, don't make it sit in water. If you go with a skinnier pot, you get the caudex to grow more upward, in a wider pot, you get more leaves w/ a very thick caudex!

8:31 AM  
Blogger mónica vélez said...

I own an anorexic ponytail. She is not having a dry spell, she is experiencing a drought it seems. She has been struggling with her roots. She has lost a lot of her leaves and her roots are not in the soil anymore. She is about to die though she has still some green left. Is there a kind of intensive treatment I can do for her? Your feedback will be more than appreciate it.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 2ft ponytail. Its about 6 years old. My dog, when young ate the leaves, but i continued watering it until it started growing new. My question is how can i make it grow more wide. It looks a little "skinny", i mean the stem, leaves dont have much strenght, but plant is healthy. Is there a way i can make it a little husky like other plants i have seen?.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 4 ft tall ponytail that was given to me by a lady who had to move accrossed the country about 5 years ago. it was doing great until one of my children sat on the pot and leaned back, breaking one of the roots. it has never been the same. that was about a year ago. NOW all the leaves are turning brown and it seems to be slowly dying. What can I do? should I try to repot it?

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail palm that has been in my family for 36 years. It almost reaches the ceiling of my house. I transplanted it in January it was in a plastic pot, my son had to cut the pot off. It didn't seen to notice it was in a new pot.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous David said...

My Pony tail was damaged in a house move. All the branches exept one servived. How do i make it sprout new ones please?

11:07 PM  
Blogger Mary B. said...

Ok, here's one. we just bought our first ponytail palm. we love the way it looks! One thing: our cat loves the way it looks AND tastes. he keeps chewing on it. we have done everything we could so far to discourage him, including put a cage around it, but he finds a way to get in (seriously thinking about a mousetrap in there). anyway, can anyone help me with this 'ponytail problem'?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive a ponytail in raised garden in front yard. Qld Australia. Unfortunatly it got rather hot but not actually burnt just singed and exposed to tremendous heat in a grass fire that roared thru me yard and has now apparently died off. Its gone brown. Was wondering if i should cut off dead looking fronds or just leave it be.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cut the crown off my PT plant because the "leave" were turning yellow. Will it get a new crown?

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm answering a couple of posts. I purchased my pony tail from Wal-mart a few years ago. After about 6 months, it seemed too big for the pot. I used screwdriver to break apart the stones. Actual pot it was in was so small, the trunk was scrunched around the widest part. I re-potted from a 3" to an 8" pot. It has easily tripled in height & trunk. Now 24' hi x 20"w. My male Devon Rex male cat used to sit on table and chomp on the leaf tips as though it were its personal snack bar. Would get testy if I scooted him away. Tables/pants off limits. I would snip the tips & Tigger would suck on it. I gave up and moved it so he can't get at it. I truly believe he looks at it lovingly and gives me dirty looks in the process. My pony tail survived the re-potting and the cat without skipping a beat. For the first time in 5 years, it just got bugs. The flies drove me nuts. research said to scoop out the top 1-1.5" soil & let remaining dirt dry out. Made mixture of soapy water to spray as well. 2nd plant to get them. 1st was so bad I just threw it out.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nz reader here,pt about 6ft repotted 6months ago,inside good light year round,however has had a growth spurt,and centre has grown 3ft with a sideway lean,have tried turning pot away from light,but this has nil effect can I remove this without damaging pt iTs over 20yrs old and I hadnt repotted or changed soil in that time,I only water if its looking dry

4:25 PM  
Blogger tc said...

I have 11 pony tail palms in side i found 3 Black spots on them Also found white stuff on Same three plants .i water them Every three weeks or so in the winter.also in Winter don't get much sun I live in California but not in the sunny part.some of them grow fast and some of them don't. how do get the black spoots off can someone help me please. trish

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pony tail palm but I don't know how to propagate? Can you give me an idea on how to propagate.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Michigardener said...

My ponytail palm is 30+ years old and 11+ ft tall. It outgrew my house a few years ago and I took it to my sister's house where there was room and sunlight. She just sold her house and now I'm wondering if anyone has been successful in cutting out a section of the stalk and grafting the top and bottom together to shorten the plant. If so, I need details now. Help!!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont throw any ponytail away. they can be saved my aunt had one that froze back almost 2 feet and we cut it off. It now has tree new shoots that have sprouted from the trunk. It is doing great!

3:21 PM  
Blogger dukiemom said...

I have had a PTP for over 10 yrs with very little growth to speak of except for the leaves. They continue to grow long and green. There are two in the same pot or there was until a cat tore the top off of one leaving nothing but the bulb in the soil. It totally ruined it last summer. I started to throw it away but it was given in memory of my father's passing. So I decided to keep it. Six months later, now, the one dead bulb is still in the pot and the other now has a new shoot. It's more than 10 yrs old! How do I beautify my plant? I have never separated a PTP before. This plant has not been repotted since I got it either. Should it go in a smaller pot now? Please help me with suggestions. Thanks.

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

I was reading all the questions and came across one asking if a Ponytail Palm can be SEPARATED? Well the answer is YES. I had bought a ponytail palm from Lowe's that had 5 little ones all in one small pot lol...well I got to thinking...I am going to try this because as you know depending on where you buy them they are costly. I wanted more of them so I did transplant all 5 in each little pots...and this has been over 6 months ago...and they are still alive and growing..however they are slow we just have to be patient to get the big look we want in them lol. What I did was separate the roots from the main bulb gently..and pulled gently so I didn't disturb it much..another words treat it like your taking baby's clothes off...slow and easy haha If I knew how to add pictures on here...I would show you them.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous willfred said...

help! my palm leaves turned brown and the leaves came off in my hands. the other one i trimmed the leaves. the palm is joined to another one in the same pot. what can i do to get it to start growing again? do I need to separate them. help me if you can

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Dottie said...

I purchased a PTP at Lowe's. There seem to be several in one metal container. Not much "mulchy" soil. Is this ok? I have it about 2-3 wks now and seems fine. There are about 10 "bulbs" in the pot all close together. About 18+" tall. What to do? No drainage in bottom of pot either. Thank you!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought my Beaucarnea in 1978 in a 2-inch pot. For those of you who are considering removing the side shoots I will say that I personally like the look of multiple, mature growths on a single plant. Furthermore, when it reaches the ceiling (and it will, eventually reach the ceiling) having some mature growth areas lower down allows you to simply lop off the top and still have a beautiful plant.

In my experience you rarely need to repot, and never need more than an inch (smaller plants) or two (larger plants)of soil between the base and the inner edge of the pot.

I keep mine in a heavy-duty plastic pot which enables me to move it outside during the summer. I let it dry out for about three weeks then tilt it sideways, one hand around the base of the "trunk" and the other on the rim of the pot, and carry it outside. This way I can get through doorways. While I like the look of terra cotta pots, I simply would not be able to lift it.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi just purchased a Ponytail palm today At The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio.The plant is small but healthy I repotted it as that was recomended and as soon as I sat it down on the floor our cat fell in love with it!!! My daughter and I are concerned if the palm is dangerous or deadly if consumed by the cat.Thanks

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the trunks on my Beaucarnea died and i cut it off.How can i protect the open stump from infection?

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Nathalie Sydney Australia said...

I live in Australia and a few years ago during a big home renovation we replanted our huge pony tail (about 12 feet) from a rockery into a big pot. For two years it has been thriving mainly in full sun. o yes, an answer to people who are scared to relocate the plant - just do it. But I now have a problem. During recent tree lopping, one of the workers snapped the top of the plant.
I was devastated as I loved the plant and it has been with us for
over 35 years. Does anyone know whether the huge bulb will shoot the new crown as it looks very dry ad dying?

3:41 PM  
Blogger never2lay8 said...

I have a ponytail palm i have had for over 30 years. It is huge about 7 ft tall and the bulb base is as big as a basketball. I keep it inside until spring and then leave it out on my patio in full sun, yes full sun for 4 to 6 hrs a day.( yes full sun) it seems to thrive there. i water it about once thoroughly every 7 to 8 days . It is a very easy plant to have with very little care. i have reported it maybe 4 times in 30 years.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

greetings, I was reading a bunch of these questions and i was compelled to give my opinion on cutting back the brown on your ponytail palm. I have had mine for 6 years give or take and i regularly trim the brown off of mine and it seems to be a happier plant when i do (as well as being more aesthetically pleasing). the brown doesn't come back as long as i stay on top of watering. it continues to sprout new green leaves as well. I just wanted to share my experience, i hope its helpful.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given my ponytail palm about 3 months ago or so and have had it in a plastic flower pot on my front porch but i want to transfer it to another pot and move it inside, would a clay pot suck too much water out of it or would i just have to water it more?? i dont want it do die and need some advice please!! Thanks, Jessica R. from AL.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ponytail palm that I've had for 37 years! It would occasionally get neglected and the leaves would turn brown--I'd just cut them off and new ones would always spring up. However, suddenly the whole thing just seemed to dry up and turn brown. I took it outside thinking that might bring it around, but I'm not seeing any new green shoots out the top (old brown ones are still there because I never cut off the top. It's been that way for about 2 months now and I'm afraid it's finally to a point where it can't recover?
Oh--and I've had it in a plastic pot all this time--the pot is finally starting to fall apart, so I had gotten a bigger pot but since it's stagnated, I hate to risk a transplant. Help???

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The unthinkable happened. I got a new cat. I notice the cat was eating the leaves. What can I do to save my plant. Should I get rid of the plant or the cat? I moved it again and didn't know it need direct sunlight now the leaves are gone. Do you this it is still alive. I have one shoot that has droopy leave on it.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just moved into a new apartment and bought this new plant as well. However, I have been noticing what looked liked a build up of dusk. After looking further I noticed that there were tons of white bugs infesting my plant. What should I do, I really don't want to throw out my plant but I'm concerned that the bugs will start going to other part of my apartment as well?


4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can put a bit of olive oil (very slight amount) to keep the leaves soft and help retain water when the air is dry--like moisturizing your face.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pony tail plant that just bent over in the middle. Seems like the top was too heavy. The top is still green. Can I just cut it where it bent and repot it?

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe when trasplanting a pony tail palm you are supposed to leave only an inch of soil between the side of the pot to the begining of the root ball edge if there is to much room there the root ball becomes loose

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can tell you that a ponytail palm will go into shock if you move it from a normal house temperature into heat. I put my palm out in the shade here in Plano, TX, and it wilted. I thought I'd killed it for sure, but it managed to survive. I left it out for a couple of months, even though we had up to 100 degrees this past summer. I brought it back inside in late September. The lower leaves still droop down close to the base, but upper leaves are back to normal. It was probably in the upper 80's when I decided to try it outside. I won't be doing that with it again.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pt that is 7 feet tall it has babies on its trunk, not on the bulb, that are about 3 feet up. Is it ok to cut these off and start new plants? How do I seal the cuts?

6:11 PM  
Blogger .:poeta lírico:. said...

I have a ponytail palm that I've had for a while, after a while it began developing some wilted leaves. Right now most of them have fallen and the ones that do remain are brown and wilted. The trunk is rather spongy and if you squeeze it a little frothy mucousy substance comes out from one of the cracks. What could I do to save my palm?

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a pony tail palm for about 3 years now. It is thriving fine and it does get new growth. However some of the leaf tips turn brown and eventually the leave will die. What am I going wrong and how do I correct this problem?

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Ponytail plant has a large spot 8" long on the trunk, about half way down the stem. It is 5' tall. The spot is cracked, and the bark is peeling. Any idea what this could be? Plant looks fine otherwise.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Mads MawMaw said...

Hello, I have a ponytail palm that my deceased mother had, for thirty years.Now that I have had it, the leaves are drooping terribly! I only water once a month If that much. It's growing season and there are some new growth on top. But it really worries me over these leaves. I have a pic but didnt see an area to post it for you guys. Im really desperate to make sure this plant lives! Any advice will be welcomed!!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Mads MawMaw said...

Maybe this post will include a pic of my ponytail and how it looks. Everywhere I have read it says if it droops it needs water.. so I guess I'll try that.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a ponytail palm for over 40 years! I recently transplanted it for the first time in decades. I also put it outside, as I usually do, for the summer. Of course I watered it well after re-potting (new pot has a drainage hole). It then proceeded to rain for several days. When the plant started to droop, I took a closer look, examined and pulled up on some of the leaves and the whole top (all the leaves)fell off! The whole top had rotted off! If I cut the rotten part off, will new leaves grow? (When I got the thing as a child at the Philadelphia Garden Show, it was merely a section of trunk. I had to scrape wax off and root it to get things started.) I have never had any problems until now. I hope my oldest friend isn't gone forever!

6:51 PM  
Blogger PBirds said...

I have a Pony Tail Palm that is I think over 40 years old. I've had it for 32 the previous owner had it for about 10. It is 7 ft tall. It is not happy. I would love to post the picture but I'm not sure how to on this blog. The top is leaning over as if its reaching for light. It's in a west/ south window with vey high ceiling which have high windows from the west side. Lots of light in this room. The leaves used to spread out now they drop down He is very unhappy not sure why. I can put it outside but it would have to be in the hot sun. And I would still have to bring it in in the summer. Does it need repotting? Please help I don't want to lose it.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently repotted my tree. Noticed there wasn't much root growth under the bulb. Has anyone had this issue. Its seems healthy other than what I noticed when I pulled it out the old pot...

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went on vacation and forgot to bring my small ponytail palm inside. We had an unexpectedly early snow fail while I was gone and it was in below freezing temps for 4+ days. Have I killed it completely? Thanks. Deb

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ponytail palm is suffering indoor I guess. We live in Bahrain, temperatures reaching 40C in the summer, full sun all year around. Can I bring her outdoor, will it do better outdoor in a warm humid climate. Full sun or shade? Thank you.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I take my ponytail palm outside? We live in Bahrain, hot humid climate all year round.
Would the palm do better outside? Full sun or not? Thank you.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous ponytail lover said...

The ponytail palm is such a beautiful and unique plant. I have 3 of them right now and they are flourishing.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous justin said...

Ponytail palms are so unique and easy to care for. Thanks for the tips.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i have a ponytail it got nocked over the top got taken off will the bottom regrow the top .the top is in water will it regrow the bottom.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pony tail plants need about three inched on the sides. The tips of mine were browning when I bought it and I uses lettuce scissors (plastic) to cut the brown off. It took care of them getting ant more brown tips. Since it has a root system like a cactus, I add water to a saucer and my pot os clay. The saucer is 3 inched in depth. It taked what it needs and is not over watered. It is in par sun on the porch intil early fall in Indiana. It always has new bright green leaves and is very healthy.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to poppop.. about the pony tail palm.. I am not sure if this would work with this plant.. but I have found that with other plants in this situation if you remove the dead parts as they are able to come off easily, nurture it, play soft music or talk to it that usually works.. you have to be a patient person for this process.. it like healing a human..

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Betty Carlson said...

I have a question. Have you ever heard of a Pony Tail Palm flowering? As I went to water mine today, (it's small enough to sit it in the bath tub & spray it down,) I noticed at the end of one of the leaves something pink that looked like a christmas cactus flower. It is not near any other plants & sits high on top of a china cabinet becuase I have cats & they love to chew on the long leaves. Any ideas??? It definately is attached to the leave because I looked at it carefully & it did not fall off.

1:00 PM  
Blogger cdeva said...

My PT (6 yrs old-2.5') was left outside to the elements when we made a major move. Was going to toss, one head broke off and she was turning brown and sickly. I decided to re-pot and take my chances. I trimmed her down considerably cut off all the brown and after one year she is back! They are very strong plants, just give them the right amount of light and water and I believe you can bring them back. Good luck...

7:24 AM  
Anonymous cancanjody said...

Crazy but true story.....I didn't get my plant in and it experienced a cold night, I brought it in--it was about 5' at the time. Then I noticed it dying at the top, and I looked funky. So I hauled it into the bathroom, tilted it over the tub, and poured peroxide on it. It bubbled. I took out the dead looking parts and said a prayer.... :)New growth came out in time. I was shocked; happy though! Now many years later, it's too tall and crooked on my porch! haha So I'm researching cutting it off; it's 30 years old.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi there! Came across your question as I was searching for ways to nurse my ponytail back to health after some frost damage....
But I had a very similar thing happen, but with a much smaller plant. But what I ended up doing to mine was slicing off the top with a very sharp knife, removed it from the water logged pot and soil it was in, left it to dry out bare root for a couple days,then replanted my pathetic looking stump in a mixture of compost/dirt,sand and bark.
It took a couple months, but a new shoot emerged from the top side of the trunk and had been healthy ever since. (Until this frost incident)

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Pompe said...

I have a 10feet tall ptp in the garden . Gophers ate a large hole in it. The Palm itself looks health and is doing fine The bark has now collapsed into the hole making it unsightly. What can I patch the hole with? Cement?
Thank you for any advise

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis isn't a comment, But a question.
I have a ponytail palm, It has lost all of it's leaves, is it possible for them to regrow? The base & stem are still solid.

1:13 PM  

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