The 'Ponytail Palm' is fun, easy to care for evergreen native to areas of eastern Mexico. Ponytail Palms are very slow growers which require care similar to succulents and cacti, so it won't take over your apartment if you're limited on space. It is drought tolerant and prefers several hours of bright, indirect light each day -- so find a warm sunny spot in your home. Ponytail Palms are susceptible to root rot especially if they don't receive periods of bright light, so be sure to use a well draining soil and check for moisture before watering. Keep the foliage clean by rinsing under running water in the sink and inspecting for pests often. Fun fact, the British Royal Horticultural Society has given the Ponytail Palm the Award of Garden Merit.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Beaucarnea recurvata
- Common Name: Ponytail Palm, Elephants Foot
- Family: Asparagus
- Native Range: Eastern Mexico
Ed's Care Guide
- Light: Bright, indirect light. Provide several hours of light per day.
- Water: Let the soil dry out completely in between waterings — watering once every 2-3 weeks. depending on the conditions of your home.
- Humidity: Average
- Temperature: 65-80 Fahrenheit. Avoid cold drafts and temps below 60 .
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Typically not needed, but if fertilizing, use a general houseplant fertilizer and fertilize in spring or summer.
- Propagation: Root division
- Pests: Watch out for mealybugs, scale and spider mites. Inspect and wash the foliage regularly.
- Toxicity: The ASPCA says that the Ponytail Palm is non-toxic to dogs and cats, however as with all plants we recommend you exercise caution around children and pets