Plant Care Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

4.7 out of 5 (195 experiences)

Ponytail Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ponytail Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

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

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 Irondequoit, New York.

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 Irondequoit, New York

Irondequoit, New York

34% Very Low

Finding light for Ponytail Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ponytail Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 Irondequoit, New York ⛅.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Ponytail Palm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Irondequoit, New York, 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 113
Ponytail Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 44
Ponytail Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 41
Ponytail Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
Ponytail Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Ponytail Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Ponytail Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Cgimber avatar
@Cgimber
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
03/31/2022

Slowwwwww grower. Can live up to 100 years old

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Youthfulmango avatar
@Youthfulmango
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Cincinnati, OH
03/07/2022

Low maintenance and gorgeous!

Youthfulmango avatar
@Youthfulmango
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Cincinnati, OH
03/07/2022

Low maintenance and gorgeous!

Roo12345 avatar
@Roo12345
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 886 XP
02/23/2022

My cat loves to eat the leaves on this ponytail plant, also after moving it from direct sunlight to indirect sunlight it grew back much faster

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 90 Plants
xp 7,283 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
02/04/2022

Thought it was a weird looking plant at first but now one of my favorites! Long tendrils of leaves, likes sun ☀️, stores a lot of its own water 💦. What’s not to love! 🪴 💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Raydensmom avatar
@Raydensmom
leaf-1 99 Plants
xp 1,866 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-1 118 Plants
xp 6,274 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 67 XP
globe New Bedford, MA
01/08/2022

I’m not sure

Seb123 avatar
@Seb123
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 273 XP
12/12/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 2,929 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 10 Plants
xp 249 XP
globe Bellevue, WA
11/24/2021

Great!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Moshpitmarket avatar
@Moshpitmarket
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 449 XP
globe Dallas, TX
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 135 XP
globe Madison, WI
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 30 Plants
xp 1,553 XP
11/01/2021

Easy to care for and doesn’t mind neglect.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ziggy avatar
@Ziggy
leaf-1 119 Plants
xp 8,405 XP
globe Chicago, IL
10/18/2021

Conversation starter

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

Let soil dry out before watering.

Survivor Survivor
Thiago avatar
@Thiago
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,154 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 91 Plants
xp 11,080 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor

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