How to Care for a Ponytail Palm

How to Care for a Ponytail Palm

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



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

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

PLANT 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.