Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm

    Commonly Known As:
  • Beaucarnea Recurvata,
  • Elephant's Foot,
  • bottle palm tree

The Ponytail Palm, also known as a Bottle Palm Tree or Elephant Foot Tree, is neither a palm nor a tree. This plant is a type of succulent from the Agave family, native to dry regions of eastern Mexico. The Ponytail Palm gets its name from the long curling leaves that grow similar in appearance to a ponytail from the top of the trunk. The Ponytail Palm stump stores water at its base and tapers up into a thin stem. One or more rosettes of long, green leaves develop from the top of the dome as the plant matures. Foliage can reach three feet in length indoors and double outdoors.

  • light

    Ponytail Palms are happiest in bright spots and prefer indirect sunlight, however they can be acclimated to full sun exposure. A South facing window is best.

  • water

    The soil of a Ponytail Palm can be kept fairly dry, since the bulbous trunk stores the plants water source. Allow the top two inches of soil to dry completely between waterings.

  • temperature

    Ponytail Palms prefer temperatures between 60⁰F to 80⁰F. Do not expose to temperatures below 45⁰F.

  • fertilizer

    Ponytail Palm houseplants can be fertilizerd at least once or twice per month during the growing season and once a month in the winter.

    Plant Facts
  • This plant is actually not a palm or a tree, even though it does looks like it. It originates from the agave family from Mexico in the southeastern desert.

  • This plant can reach heights of 20 feet or more in the outdoors.

  • Difficulty level: Easy

  • Pet-Friendly, not toxic to pets or humans.

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