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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.
Also known as
Nolina recurvata, Elephant Foot Tree and Bottle Palm Tree
How to care for Ponytail Palm
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 Houston, Texas.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
January 27th, 2023
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
January 27th, 2023
Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 20.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.9 megajoules of energy per m2 p…
January 25th, 2023
This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 5.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of dayl…
Ponytail Palm may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.
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.