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Have small containers ready for bulblets that grow beneath the soil. Thanks for your article, it was really helpful for the palm I bought this weekend! Be patient because it could take a while for them to appear. This will promote better plant growth in the new soil. If you want your elephant foot to thrive, it helps to understand the function of its trunk better This post may contain affiliate links. I have it facing an eastern window. Can the ponytail plant tolerate cold weather. Hi Nell, I have a happy success story about PP’s! I held the bulbs & Lucy pulled the pot. They’re fun to look at and easy to take care of. Because the foliage is quite long, ponytail palms require a generous amount o… I have been given a mature PP about six feet tall. All rights reserved. I’m kinds happy with it. Because they store water in their bulbs, they are easy to overwater. The little palm is likely to Nell, Hi Glenda – I’ve never heard of the top of a PP propagating. They grow pretty slowly, and you can keep them in one pot for quite a few years if you’d like. It should heal over fine, & who knows, you might see some regrowth over the years. Ponytail palm also known as the bottle palm tree or the elephant foot tree. Hello! I have not trimmed the four heads from the top of the trunk, but they show no signs of recovery. UrbanOrganicYield.com, Ponytail Palm Repotting: How And When To Repot Ponytail Palms. Potted Ponytail Palm Although the Ponytail Palm can grow in low nutrient soil, it will reward you with rich foliage if you fertilize it 2-3 times per year. Ponytail palms rarely need repotted. It had four off the main trunk. I just purchased a ponytail palm. Second question is do the PPs with multiple heads grow in height and if yes than is there a difference between a multiple head plant and a single head plant. tips of leaves brown and the whole plant not too green am I not watering it enough? Not sure what it might need so it survives the winter indoors – maybe a lamp? Nell, Hi Greg – I’m not sure if you mean the bulb (the fat round base) or the actual root ball. The ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) makes a surprisingly interesting desktop plant, considering that when grown outdoors it can be a full-size tree that towers over homes. Besides that, a large squirrel climbed it and broke off the growing tip. As a general rule, water your ponytail palm plant once every seven to ten days during hotter months. When repotting, use a pot which is a little more roomy than the earlier pot to replant in. Yes, you can transplant now but don’t fertilize it. Hi Mary – The ants are in your garden for food, most likely a sugary nectar secreted by insects, so it’s best to get rid of the source. Keep up this awesomeness!! So can I just cut it back to the trunk and pray it get new shoots? She started Urban Organic Yield to discuss gardening tips and tactics. What should I do?!?! They are perfect on window sills too! Now a lot of the leaves are turning brown. How Often To Water ponytail palm After Repotting? I was given a small ponytail palm almost a year ago. Hi Natasa – Thank you – glad you enjoyed the video. Here’s my other Ponytail Palm which lives in the front garden. If it’s a small plant, it should be fine. Sorry Nell, yes I do mean the fat round base part. But it is winter so the light isnt great. Repotting every other year at the most is all a ponytail palm needs. Nell. You’re welcome Mollie! I’ve had mine about 25-26 years. 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. Can you please upload the video of the same? You can transfer them in a new pot with a different mix of soil. Hi Alan – Yes, you can cut the heads off & if there’s enough stem left on them, you can propagate them too. The new LEDs don’t give off much heat. You never want to bury too much of the bulb. She supplemented her education by working on various organic farms in both rural and urban settings. One week I think I accidentally gave it a little too much water… maybe 2 cups. I’m taking care of one of these for a friend. As far as houseplant care goes, a Ponytail Palm couldn’t be any easier. Once they get constantly overwatered like that, it’s hard to bring them back. Fortunately, your miniature version is not a true palm. I’d cut off the head just below the “mushy” part of the trunk (if there is any). 🙁, Hi Tamara – PPs like high light & low water. Ponytail palms, also known as elephant foot, are fantastic and cute indoor houseplants, as their caudex makes for a striking appearance… But growing a ponytail palm outdoors is actually more common, believe it or not! In terms of companion plants, any other succulent would do just fine. Nell, Hi Penny – How strange; I’ve never heard of rocks glued to the surface before. I’m SO glad I found your post! Their growth is also constricted by their pot size. We moved and it was left outside. Our 14 year old had one for 3 or 4 years. Mine stays outdoors year round in Tucson, AZ. When watering, soak the soil and allow excess water … It might also mean that the pot that they’re in is also too small. Hi Prabhdeep – I think you’re saying that you’ve had a rainy season & I assume your plant is growing outdoors, but I’m not sure. Renee. Once every 3-4 weeks at the most. But now we live in Texas, and my plant was exposed to a couple nights of freezing temps, even tho it was under a covered porch with lights left on. Hope that helps, Nell. WHY ARE THE TIPS TURNING BROWN and once nipped, keeps going up till I cut it off at the base of leaf or where the dead is, and keeps going up till at base? The foliage generally curves downward and can be as much as two feet long and just an inch wide. Make sure that the root ball is one inch or over the rim of the pot. As for my plants, I make sure that they get about five to six hours of direct sunlight daily. Ponytail Palms can stay tight in their pots for a while. Hi Alexandra – It doesn’t at all surprise me that your Ponytail Palm is coming back. Its in a window and I rotate it. Nell. My PP trunk is about 10″ from soil to beginning of leaves. As usual, there’s a video at the end. Pony tail palm is a very beautiful and a popular houseplant Next week they can go outside. HOW TO REPOT BEAUCARNEA RECURVATA, OR PONYTAIL PALM 1. Now, let’s talk about the soil. Ponytail palms don’t need a lot of water to thrive and does best in semi-dry conditions. Hard to say without seeing it. I kinda felt sorry for it and bought it anyway? I love a happy ending! Ponytail Palms need to stay on the dry side & to have excellent drainage. As you know, the ponytail palm or Beaucarnea recurvata has a bulbous base and slender stem with a cluster of long and straight leaves on top. Your newly transplanted ponytail palm has looser soil. I bought this plant as a little specimen in a 6″ pot at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market 7 years ago. It’s an 18″ pot!! I am going to be keeping it indoors, I just don’t know how much/how deep to put it in the new pot I will be getting for it. Make sure that your pot has a drainage hole. This pot hangs right above my 3-headed Ponytail Palm (also in a purple container) and they look right fine together. © 2020 Joy Us Garden | Care, Propagation, and Pruning About | Contact | PRIVACY POLICYDesign By Viva la Violet, Mother Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments, Then, a few years later, into the 13″ turquoise glazed pot it went. or will cutting them apart kill all three? A clay pot would be ideal for this plant as it will absorb some water from the soil, allowing the soil to dry out more quickly in between waterings, though this is not essential. Im not sure what else to do. I hope it’s not dying!? Nell, Hey Nell, I’m from Santa Barbara, too!!!! I read here that the ponytail palm isn’t a palm. Ponytail palms are so easy to take care of that’s why it’s almost always in every household or garden. Despite the common name and the appearance of the foliage, this is not a true palm, but rather a member of the Asparagaceae family … HI so I love my ponytail palms……one of mine has leaves that are now so long that it completely covers the pot all the way around. However, if you fertilize it more times, you might end up with some unhealthy brown leaves. I’ve been searching everywhere to find someone to ask all of these questions to! Yes, PP with multiple heads grow quite a lot – this is mine which I bought as a very small plant: https://www.joyusgarden.com/how-to-transplant-a-large-ponytail-palm/. The cold did not affect the others like this. If it’s in a really small pot, then it will need it a bit more often. Propagating a ponytail palm is done through division—separating the baby plants (pups) from the mother. Here’s post I did on that subject with a video to go with it: https://www.joyusgarden.com/ask-nell-ants-in-around-plants/ You’ll see what to do – basically, get rid of the insect & the ants will go. What are some good plants to have around it that share the same type of soil it needs? For the past 14 yrs it has been on my deck, and has gone through 3 tropical storms, more freezes, drought, heat, etc. If it looks okay, I’d leave it be. I do believe I overwatered mine in the winter without realizing it would take a longer time to dry. You’ll notice this in the video. You can undertake ponytail palm replanting yourself, as long as you follow the general guidelines. If you notice beforehand that your plant’s base is getting bigger, don’t wait for the pot to crack and transplant it immediately. You carefully remove the baby when it’s big enough with a sharp, clean knife getting as much root as possible. As an alternative, you can just add worm castings to the potting mix. The leaves right now have an olive color to them – not a bright healthy green. Poor drainage for Ponytail palm This goes hand in hand with the overwatering. I bought my PP at Walmart. Thanks for your advice. There is also less light at that time of year so plants don’t dry out as fast. Ponytail palms will remain small if kept in a small pot. Therefore, these plants do not need very large pots and grow well in medium-sized pots. I truly appreciate your help!!! Yes, it’s important that they have good drainage so transplant it into a container with a hole. It looks very sad. I have one too for 8 years already. Thanks. Hi rachel – I just repotted y Ponytail Palm yesterday – video & post coming this weekend. The ants are attracted to the sugary nectar secreted by the insect. Nell. Devastated, I refused to give up on this precious plant. Perhaps the bulb is buried or it could be something else like a dracaena marginata. Personally, I use a combination of ½ of organic potting soil plus ½ a mix of sand, perlite, shredded bark, and vermiculite. But this one has its right to exist. Nell. Contrary to their name, Ponytail Palms actually aren’t palms. Once the plant is properly settled, water the soil thoroughly. Someone please help! Ponytail Palms do not like to have their roots disturbed. What can I do to cut it back some? That round base is their water storage mechanism and they’re often seen growing alongside cacti. Avoid watering it again until at least several inches deep of the soil are dry. Greg – I’ve nicked a very small portion of the base when removing a pup. I am not sure if that makes the whole plant turn brown on the edges of every “leaf” that i cut?? Who knows, maybe that’s why! Move the ponytail palm back to the spot where it was doing so well as to need repotting, and water it well. its indoors all winter not enough light? Ponytail palms are part of the Hi Nell, Sitting on its pedestal in the pretty pot, root bound as can be. I’ll answer regarding the root ball: if too much of the roots haven’t been cut away, then yes, new ones will regenerate all the way around. Hi.i have 4 pony tails big aprox 20 years old but in this rain season one of plants bulb is geeting very soft and while pressing it produces liquid out from itself i thik my plant is going to die please help nd tell me how i can save it guide me soon the pot is well drained water is not logging in it . My mother gave it to me as a housewarming gift. What else can we do to save this tall one? Nell. Hi Hammad – Thank you! You’ll see new sprout (or sprouts) appear on the trunk though. Hopefully someone has a more exactly figure for you! And, be sure to use a mix which the water freely drains out of. To further confuse things, I learned the botanic name as Beaucarnea recuvata but some people list it as Nolina recurvata. Hi! If it seems like it doesn’t have any problems, just leave them be. This is what baby Ponytail Palms look like. I bought some cactus/succulent soil to repot it, do you think there is enough of a root system on it to survive? Nell. 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. Nell. What to do??? I imagine I should trim the dead heads off and just wait and see what the rest does. The air is much drier here so I’m getting a lot more tipping which is to be expected. And, the amount of soil you use depends on the size pot you’re planting it into. You can tie up the foliage like a ponytail if they are too long and in the way as you prepare to dig around the plant. Barbara – Thank you for sharing Harry’s story. It’s technically neither a palm or a tree. Ponytails are tough but I never realized they are that tough. Ponytails succulents & don’t haven’t a big root ball. Our 11 year old picked Harry up and put him on the porch. It has three small bulbs connected at the base with a tiny pup coming from between two of those bulbs. Confusing – the nomenclature and classification of this plant are definitely not cut and dry. distances from the bulb to inside edge of pot which is only 5” and the bulb is centered. They are very subject to over watering. Place it where your pet can easily get to it […], […] Requirements: A Ponytail Palm does best in high light indoors. It took brute force but I didn’t want to break the pot. Thanks Nell, looking forward to hearing from you. This past Fall replanted into a pot of the size used in malls for large plants. suddenly, it’s turned very brown except for a few leaves and the trunk feels kind of mushy, even though the soil is currently dry. It was in a small ceramic bowl with the rocks and now it is in an 8? The top regrew,as well, and it is now 7″ in diameter and fully recovered. Home » Ponytail Palm Repotting: How And When To Repot Ponytail Palms. Nell, Hi Dana – The tips of PPs are usuaually brown – it’s the nature of the plant. They’re fun to look at and easy to take care of. Nell. 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. ….kind of looks like the small pebbles you would buy for an aquarium. From afar it looks like an elephant’s foot; hence the nickname elephant’s foot plant. I repot my Ponytail Palm bonsai into a larger mica bonsai pot, just in time before it rains! Live in S Indiana so it lives inside during winter and out during summer. I live in the desert now & just leave them be. And, use succulent & cactus mix if you can. I live in Tucson where the evening temps in winter can dip to the low 30’s, every now & then the high 20’s. She has a smaller “stem” that was producing leaves 2 years ago but stopped 🙁 Is there anyway to help her start growing leaves there? I’ve never had this happen to any of mine so I can’t really say if 1 can be saved once the bulb starts getting soft. Hi Richard – PPs don’t mind being potbound. With a garden fork or just your fingers, slacken the compacted roots on the root ball. With your next Ponytail Palm just remember to plant it in a very well draining mix & to water only every 3-4 weeks. Will that grow back? PPs are hardy to 25-30F; the older ones anyway. Hope that helps! If your soil is dry, go ahead and water It has been a couple of weeks and I thought it would settle in the pot more. ive got a PP Mother’s Day gift a few yrs ago. 09/05/2014, Today, I want to show you how to care for and repot a ponytail palm. You did a marvelous job. I top dressed the soil in mussel shells I collected on the beach (I found them empty – no mussels were harmed!) From what I’ve experienced, the whole leaf doesn’t turn brown. Ponytail Palms grow slowly but need pots large enough to hold their bulbous bases. Thanks so much for sharing! They’re high light plants so it sounds like yours may not have gotten the light it needs over the winter. That is why they are best kept in pots that are just slightly wider than the base bulb and also very shallow. Even though it is in full bloom it is looking sad. The best time to move them to a new pot is in early spring or in early summer. A few weeks ago I needs Harry’s pot so I pitched him into the yard. Trimming ponytail palms can be done any time of the year but is best during the growing season of spring through early fall. Pat the soil around the plant but do not firm it tightly. Thanks for any info you can provide on this 6 footer in a pot. 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