House Plant Care - Ponytail palm

House Plant Care - Ponytail palm

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Ponytail palm

Beaucarnea’s most available species is Beaucarnea recurvata, commonly called ponytail palm, and with long leaves that sometimes resemble gently curled hair. It can appear like a miniature palm tree as cultivators prune a young tree to a stump, which stimulates new stems to sprout.

 

Sustaining the Plant 

If the sole purpose of the plant is aesthetics, it will stay acceptably nice with as low as 50 foot-candles. Once a month, drench the soil and leave it near the window around a week. So the plant can produce some carbohydrates before its low-light fasting time. The soil should be kept bone dry for the rest of its time away from the light.

 

To Do: For Growth

The leaves will continue to get longer at 200 foot-candles or more. You may even see new sets of leaves sprouting from lower points on the trunk, with some sun. Ponytail palm are usually potted in a fast-draining cactus mix with less peat moss, more coarse sand, and sometimes with some bark chips. You can give some soaking, whenever the soil has been completely dry for a week or more. The correct potting mix will not hold too much moisture anyway; most of the water will drain away, do not worry about excess water for the process of soaking.