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The Ponytail Palm
Beaucarnea recurvata is a species of evergreen perennial pseudo-woody plant native to Mexico and the surrounding arid regions. A member of the asparagus family, Asparagaceae, the ponytail palm is not a true palm. Unlike palms, which are moderately fast growers, the ponytail palm is an extremely slow grower. Slow growing plants often have the gift of longevity, and this one is no exception. Ponytail palms have been heirloom plants in that they live for several hundred years, and can be passed from generation to generation.
Unlike the Agave, another member of Asparagaceae, the ponytail palm is not monocarpic- meaning that it will not die after flowering like an agave would. As arid region plants, the ponytail palm stores water in its trunk. The ‘woody’ growth is not true wood, but a mass production of wood-like fibers.
Bright indirect light to direct sun.
Water weekly to semi-weekly. Allow potting mix to completely dry out before watering. Soil about 1-2” down should be dry to touch. Water more frequently during warmer months and fertilize during growth. Generally, the plant will curl its leaf margins upwards and inwards to show that it needs more water. The leaves may become more stiff if dry as well. Do not overwater or keep the soil wet for too long, as this will encourage root rot.
The tips may burn if it is not getting enough water.