Plant Care Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

4.7 out of 5 (185 experiences)

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

About Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm is not a true palm, but a plant with a thick swollen stem (caudex) that stores water and narrow dark green strappy leaves that gently curl toward the ends. It needs bright light and regular watering. They prefer dry winters and do well even with indoor heated air.

Taxonomy

Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

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

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 located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Plant care guide for Ponytail Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

27% Very Low

Growing Ponytail Palm in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Ponytail Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 24th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Ponytail Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight will increase by 33.5% ☀️

January 23rd, 2022

Boston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to increase by 33.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Ponytail Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

January 24th, 2022

This month, Boston is getting an average of 6.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of dayl…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

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.

When to repot Ponytail Palm

Nutrient needs for plant Ponytail Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2022

The growing potential in Boston is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Ponytail Palm is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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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 your location in Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Ponytail Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 106
Ponytail Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 41
Ponytail Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 40
Ponytail Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 39
Ponytail Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 23
Ponytail Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 15
Ponytail Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Ponytail Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Raydensmom avatar
@Raydensmom
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 837 XP
globe Auckland
01/18/2022

I bought lots of plant when I decided to decorate my house and I realised that I am a plant killer 😱😱😱 Not many of them survived and Pony tail palm is one of them!!
Don’t need to care much, and it looks great!!!
Very slow grower!

Survivor Survivor
Karlv93 avatar
@Karlv93
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 894 XP
01/14/2022

Easy care plant, doesn’t need much care at all. Love how cute and tropical he looks!

Survivor Survivor
Babits avatar
@Babits
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe New Bedford, Massachusetts
01/08/2022

I’m not sure

Seb123plant avatar
@Seb123plant
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 155 XP
12/12/2021

I just love how easy it is to take care of this plant

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 744 XP
11/29/2021

This is my second ponytail palm. I love this plants because of it’s curly leaves. Decided to purchase a small size just so I can watch it grow from beginning to end.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kass avatar
@Kass
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 182 XP
globe Bellevue, Washington
11/24/2021

Great!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Moshpitmarket avatar
@Moshpitmarket
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 449 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
11/23/2021

You can really just let it chill and if the leaves get a little crispy, snip them off. It’s so cute!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cocoqueen avatar
@Cocoqueen
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Madison, Wisconsin
11/08/2021

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but the ends of my ponytail palm are brown and I'm wondering what I need to do to make it not be brown? are they supposed to be brown?

Browns easily Browns easily
Gabriella avatar
@Gabriella
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 72 XP
11/02/2021

This plant is perfect for people like me who forget to water all the time.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Katy410 avatar
@Katy410
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 507 XP
11/01/2021

Easy to care for and doesn’t mind neglect.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ziggy avatar
@Ziggy
leaf-1 106 Plants
xp 2,719 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
10/18/2021

Conversation starter

Survivor Survivor
Lukady avatar
@Lukady
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 225 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
10/13/2021

it's very aesthetic.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Louis avatar
@Louis
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 37 XP
globe Hougang, Singapore
10/10/2021

Let soil dry out before watering.

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Thiago avatar
@Thiago
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 548 XP
10/04/2021

Low maintenance. Seems to be always happy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 2,979 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor
Luann avatar
@Luann
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,775 XP
09/28/2021

Slow growing

Charlene avatar
@Charlene
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 187 XP
globe Rome, Georgia
09/23/2021

C buy J nbnbbhbbbb. Huge I’llnhnhf.
A m da cute thank y’all tr CDs

Haelie avatar
@Haelie
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 38 XP
09/23/2021

very easy to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
Charlene avatar
@Charlene
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 187 XP
globe Rome, Georgia
09/20/2021

C buy J nbnbbh

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