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Beaucarnea recurvata 'Ponytail Palm'


Meet the charming Ponytail Palm, your new favorite green companion bursting with personality! Despite its name, this delightful plant isn't a palm at all but a member of the succulent family. Its whimsical appearance features a stout, bulbous trunk that stores water, topped with a burst of long, slender leaves cascading like a ponytail—hence its endearing nickname. The leaves are a vibrant shade of green, adding a touch of freshness to any space, and its slow growth makes it a perfect fit for those seeking a low-maintenance green friend.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Beaucarnea recurvata
  • Common Name: Ponytail Palm, Elephants Foot
  • Family: Asparagaceae (formerly considered in Agavaceae)
  • Native Range: Eastern Mexico

Ed's Care Guide

  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Provide several hours of light per day.
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings—typically watering once every 2-3 weeks, depending on home conditions
  • Humidity: Average humidity is suitable
  • 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: Fertilization is generally not needed, but if fertilizing, use a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer)
  • Propagation:  Root division
  • Pests: Watch for pests such as mealybugs, scale, and spider mites. Regularly inspect and wash foliage to manage pests
  • 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

Growing your Ponytail Palm is as easy as can be! Place it in bright, indirect light for best results, although it can tolerate lower light conditions. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot—think of it as giving it a sip rather than a gulp! This plant thrives in dry environments, making it ideal for forgetful waterers. With its quirky charm and resilience, the Ponytail Palm is sure to bring a smile to your face and a touch of green to your home décor.