Plant Care Ponytail Palm
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Ponytail Palm

4.7 out of 5 (29 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 19
Ponytail Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 11
Ponytail Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Ponytail Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Ponytail Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Ponytail Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
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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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@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.

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@Vargievargs…
Pomona, CA
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Beaucarnea recurvata by Vargievargs64 on Greg, the plant care app
03/31/2021

Love this plant! Does great in my apartment lighting since I don’t always have my blinds opened during the day. Occasionally needs a haircut but otherwise it’s a great plant.

Msruiz avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named BRIONY by Msruiz on Greg, the plant care app
03/18/2021

You don't have to water this plant often. It seems to have its own personality it's own look! I personally like things that are different and this one sure is!

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

Favio is that easy going member, beloved by everyone. Easy to get along with, Favio is always a hit and brings consistent effortless joy.

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@Plantmomma3
Starkville, MS
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Happy by Plantmomma3 on Greg, the plant care app
02/28/2021

She is easy to take care of and she is so happy with her long leaves!!!

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@Plantqueen
Los Ángeles, CA
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Becky by Plantqueen on Greg, the plant care app
03/23/2021

Super easy to take care of and fun to look at

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@Zay
Albuquerque, NM
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Surya by Zay on Greg, the plant care app
03/12/2021

This has been a really fun & easygoing plant.

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@Corey
Santa Fe, NM
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Pony tail by Corey on Greg, the plant care app
02/20/2021

Easy to care for.

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@Debra
Watertown, MA
Rating of the plant Ponytail Palm named Spike Leaves by Debra on Greg, the plant care app
03/12/2021

Can’t kill it

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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