Ponytail Palm

This houseplant can grow to the size of a small tree indoors.

Succulent by Nature

Also known as elephant's foot tree, ponytail palm is not a palm at all. It's a succulent plant mistaken for a palm due to its single leafless trunk and the mass of leaves that emerge from the top of the plant. When growing in its native environment in Central America, ponytail palm full-grown can reach 30 feet tall but remains much shorter in containers. In fact, you can limit its growth by planting it in a small container and not repotting it to a large container.

Ponytail Palm Care Must-Knows

Ponytail palm grows best in full sun and well-drained soil mix. A quick-draining soil mix for cacti is a great choice. To achieve quick drainage, you can incorporate sand or small gravel into regular potting mix. A desert plant, ponytail palm is adapted to bright sun. Place it near a window where it will receive as much light as possible. This plant can be moved outside for the summer. Transition it slowly from indoors to outdoors by placing it in part shade for several days before moving it to a full sun location.

Watering ponytail palm differs from summer to winter. In summer, water ponytail palm deeply but infrequently, allowing the plant to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering significantly in winter. In its native environment, ponytail palm receives little or no water in winter. Mimic those conditions by watering the plant deeply every few weeks in winter.

Fertilizing is rarely necessary, but plants can be fertilized once or twice during spring or summer. Use a general all-purpose plant food. Brown leaf tips are common in winter and aren't cause for alarm. Simply snip off the brown ends to clean up the plant's appearance.

More Varieties for Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm Overview

Genus Name Beaucarnea recurvata
Common Name Ponytail Palm
Plant Type Houseplant
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 4 feet
Special Features Low Maintenance
Propagation Division
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant

'Gold Star' Ponytail palm

Gold Star ponytail plant
Denny Schrock

Beaucarnea recurvata 'Gold Star' is an exciting selection that has leaves streaked in chartreuse. It does best in high-light situations. It grows 8 feet tall. Zones 9-11.

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