Why is my 30 Year Old PonyTail Palm Dying?

It belonged to my deceased mother, and I don’t want it to die, but I cant figure out what I’m doing wrong? Its leaves are droopy, everything that I have read says it needs water, but when I water it the soil stays moist longer than it should, even though I repotted it in cactus soil. Please advise me so I dont lose this plant. 🙂
Wanda

Hi Wanda,

The first thing to do is stop watering. Ponytail Palms (not really palms) can live for a long time under- watered but die quickly from over- water. These plants do not like to be re-potted and often go into shock. Use a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     to help it adjust. You can read about superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     in the Glossary of the website. You can buy it at garden shops or purchase it from my website. I’ve seen it work miracles. Ponytail Palms need to be a little rootbound in small pots so the soil can dry out quickly. How large was the new pot you used? If there is any more than a few inches of soil around the plant you need to move it back into a smaller pot. Be sure any pot you use has drip holes in the bottom. Finally, give your plant a vacation outside for the summer. Place it in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., no direct sun, and don’t feed until it starts to get some new growth.