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Ponytail Palm Care

The Ponytail Palm is drought tolerant, slow-growing, and requires very little care. This plant is ideal for people with very little time or who travel regularly. The Ponytail Palm will be perfectly happy being watered every couple of weeks and left alone to soak up the sunlight.

How to care for your Ponytail Palm

Use these instructions to care for a Ponytail Palm. This guide will tell you how to water a Ponytail Palm; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Ponytail Palm

LIGHT

The Ponytail Palm technically needs bright light and can tolerate full sun most of the day. However, this plant is so forgiving that it will be perfectly happy if you give it low light half the year and bright sunlight the other half. You could put it outside in the summer sun and it will tolerate any light during the winter.

WATER

Since this plant is a succulent, it’s best to keep it in semi-dry conditions. Let the soil dry out completely in between waterings—perhaps watering once every 2-3 weeks. Water sparingly in the winter months.

HUMIDITY

As with most succulents, your Ponytail Palm will thrive in dry conditions. The drier the air, the better!

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer only once in the spring and once in the summer. Any more than that and your Ponytail Palm may develop brown tips on the leaves.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Ponytail Palm leaves are sensitive to injury and tend to get dark at the ends. Cutting back the tips of the leaves is a good way to preserve the appearance of the plant. The key is to use a sharp scissors to cut off just the discolored parts.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

See also: Common Issues →

Pigtail Palm

LIGHT

The Pigtail Palm technically needs bright light and can tolerate full sun most of the day. However, this plant is so forgiving that it will be perfectly happy if you give it low light half the year and bright sunlight the other half. You could put it outside in the summer sun and it will tolerate any light during the winter.

WATER

Since this plant is a succulent, it’s best to keep it in semi-dry conditions. Let the soil dry out completely in between waterings—perhaps watering once every 2-3 weeks. Water sparingly in the winter months.

HUMIDITY

As with most succulents, your Pigtail Palm will thrive in dry conditions. The drier the air, the better!

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer only once in the spring and once in the summer. Any more than that and your Pigtail Palm may develop brown tips on the leaves.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Pigtail Palm leaves are sensitive to injury and tend to get dark at the ends. Cutting back the tips of the leaves is a good way to preserve the appearance of the plant. The key is to use a pair of sharp scissors to cut off just the discolored parts.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Ponytail Palm?

Botanical Classification: Beaucarnea recurvata

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The Ponytail Palm is drought tolerant, slow-growing, and requires very little care. This plant is ideal for people with very little time or who travel regularly. The Ponytail Palm will be perfectly happy being watered every couple of weeks and left alone to soak up the sunlight. The bulb-like trunk is used to store water and the long leaves that grow from the top of the trunk resemble a ponytail. This distinct plant brings a little fun to any room in your home.

Fun Fact

The Ponytail Palm is neither a palm nor a tree—it’s actually a member of the Agave family, native to the southeastern desert of Mexico!

Pictured Left: Ponytail Palm
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Your Ponytail Palm can go for weeks without watering–it basically thrives off of neglect!
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Ponytail Palm

Fun, distinct, and hardy. This plant is low-maintenance and adaptable.
very easy, perfect for beginners, bright indirect to bright light
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