While Palms aren’t succulent, they are often grown by collectors of cacti and other succulent plants. Most species have unbranched trunks or stems crowned with large fan (palmate) or feather (pinnate) leaves but there are a few clumping palms.
Consequently, how do you know when a ponytail palm needs water?
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.
Simply so, what kind of soil does a ponytail palm need?
Can I trim a ponytail palm?
Trimming ponytail palms can be done any time of the year but is best during the growing season of spring through early fall. Use clean and sharp bonsai shears to trim leaves on top of the plant. This will force the foliage to grow downward and resemble a ponytail.
Ponytail palms are a unique-looking, long-lived indoor plant that thrives on benign neglect. They are very easy to grow, provided you don’t overwater them! Here’s how to grow and care for a ponytail palm in your home.
My Ponytail Palm has brown tips! This is often a result of over or underwatering. Too much water can cause brown tips with distinct yellowing, while not enough water turns the leaves brown and crispy. Prune the leaves with a clean pair of sheers and check the soil before adjusting watering as needed.
Ponytail Palm Humidity Requirements
Although giving the foliage a nice spray of water each week will not hurt it and will help remove any dust particles making their home on the leaves. Just fill your spray bottle up with rainwater or water that has been allowed to sit out overnight and give the foliage a good misting.
Your Ponytail Palm prefers bright indirect light to full sun but can adapt to medium light. Water your Ponytail Palm when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
The ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is an evergreen succulent that looks like a palm tree. Since the length and depth of any tree’s roots depends on its height and the spread of its canopy, the size of a ponytail palm’s roots depends on whether you grow it outdoors or in a container.
This desert native is slow-growing, ranging in size from
|genus name||Beaucarnea recurvata|
|height||1 to 3 feet 3 to 8 feet 8 to 20 feet|
|width||1-4 feet wide|
|problem solvers||Drought Tolerant|