Ponytail Palm Plant

A Ponytail Palm is not really a palm at all, but a relative of the yucca and lily plants and a member of the agave family. This is a unique succulent; there are no two ponytail palms that are exactly alike. A Ponytail Palm has a large, swollen base that some say resembles an elephant’s foot. The thin trunk is topped with flat, dark green, grass-like leaves. The leaves are about an inch wide and often five to six ft. long;  the edges can be quite sharp. A Ponytail Palm, sometimes referred to as a Bottle Palm or Elephant’s Foot Palm, is a slow growing, very different looking plant that thrives on neglect. Put this plant in bright light, water sparingly, and watch it grow.

 

FAQ

Why Are the Bottom Leaves of My Ponytail Palm Turning Brown and Yellow? The Stem and Base Are Getting Wrinkled Looking

Brown leaves and a wrinkled base usually mean the plant needs more water. Gradually start to water a little more frequently, using a little more water each time. Be careful not to over water. A Ponytail Palm can survive for a long time being under watered, but only very briefly being over watered.

My Ponytail Palm Has Gotten Too Tall for My House. What Will Happen if I Cut the Top Off? Can I Plant It?

Once you cut the top off of your Ponytail Palm, several new heads will start to grow from that area. These new heads will give your Ponytail Palm an even more interesting appearance. Most people don’t have much luck planting the cut portion of the plant; but it’s always worth a try. Be sure to dip the top of the Ponytail Palm into Rooting Hormone before you plant it to encourage the new roots.

My Ponytail Palm Has (Had) Two Heads. One of Them Became Soft and Mushy and Fell Over and the New Growth on the Other Is Very Light Green.

Soft and mushy heads that fall over on a Ponytail Palm indicate over-watering. Cut off the dead head and any part of the stem that seems soft and mushy. Don’t water for at least a month or more until you see new heads with green leaves starting to emerge from the trunk.

Why Are the Tips on the Leaves of My Bottle Palm Turning Brown?

Brown tips on a Bottle Palm or Ponytail Palm can mean several things: over -watering is the most serious, under-watering, too much plant food, using water that has passed through a softener and is too salty.

How Often Should I Repot My Ponytail Palm? There Doesn’t Seem to Be Much Soil in the Pot.

Ponytail Palms like to be root bound. If you want to keep your plant short, keep it in a small pot. If you want the Ponytail Palm to grow faster, repot it once a year; always go up only one pot size. The larger the pot the bigger the plant becomes. A Ponytail Palm may reach a height of 8ft. indoors.