Plant Care Ponytail Palm
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Ponytail Palm

4.6 out of 5 (115 experiences)

Ponytail Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ponytail Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Ponytail Palm, Nolina Recurvata, Elephant Foot Tree and Bottle Palm Tree

Taxonomy

Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Ponytail Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 73
Ponytail Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 30
Ponytail Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 24
Ponytail Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 23
Ponytail Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Ponytail Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Ponytail Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Ponytail Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Al.yssapaige avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Beyoncé by Al.yssapaige on Greg, the plant care app
05/19/2021

you’ll be able to tell if you need to water less/more based on the color of the leaves ends. if they become like crispy and brown after a period of forgetting to water, water more. same thing but aft…

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Sugar Grove, IL
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Manny by Ansleyfaiv on Greg, the plant care app
05/23/2021

i’ve only had my ponytail palm for about a week, but based off what i’ve read, these guys are HARDY. they can go for long periods without water with no problem, making them great for people who may t…

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@Plantpunk
Columbus, OH
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Bella by Plantpunk on Greg, the plant care app
05/15/2021

I have only had this plant a few days but I think it may be a favorite. When I received it it was larger than expected. All you need to do is occasionally trim the brown leaves. Browning of leaves is…

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Stellacof avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Cleo by Stellacof on Greg, the plant care app
05/01/2021

This plant is a little fickle when you first buy it! It’s easy to tell when the plant needs more/less watering. I would suggest checking the leaves every day for browning. This plant is definitely fo…

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Bayonne, NJ
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named MyLilPony by Plantsongb2be on Greg, the plant care app
02/21/2021

My cats is obsessed with it and I am as well. It’s a great plant if you don’t want to have to water it so frequently and looks great almost anywhere especially in a low pot so you can appreciate its …

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@Miamilaw97
Columbus, OH
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Elephant by Miamilaw97 on Greg, the plant care app
06/18/2021

This plant is a survivor (large trunk holds water for those who forget), care is simple, grown wonderfully, great for a starter plant to the expert plant person. And it’s endangered so it’s a plus f…

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Molly2867 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Gwennie by Molly2867 on Greg, the plant care app
04/25/2021

As long as you take it super-easy on the water, this is a great addition to the indoor garden. Seems to thrive on (just a little!) bit of neglect. I do not have a green thumb and it’s still alive. Th…

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Plant_parent avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Pony Tail Plant 🌴🐴 by Plant_parent on Greg, the plant care app
07/18/2021

This plant may be a sluggish grower, but it’s one of the hardest plants to kill. It can survive without water for ages, doesn’t need drainage, can live in low light and it hasn’t had a single pest pr…

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@Cmmnsnse
Pinellas Park, FL
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Meekz by Cmmnsnse on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

Meekz is somewhat of an outsider. Never the most popular and often trying to find his way, but never lacking in confidence. He rarely encounters a challenge he can’t overcome with natural ability.

Erodplants avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Your plant by Erodplants on Greg, the plant care app
06/28/2021

This ponytail palm was a plant my hub wanted , I have various little plants by my kitchen bay window, he felt I needed it. It’s a unique plant and my first time caring for it . So we will see.

How to care for Ponytail Palm

Water

How often to water your Ponytail Palm

Water needs for Ponytail Palm
0.5 cups
every 12

Ponytail Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ponytail Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Ponytail Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ponytail Palm: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Ponytail Palm can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ponytail Palm in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Ponytail Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ponytail Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ponytail Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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