The long spikey leaves of the Ponytail Palm and it's large swollen stem make for quite a visual statement. Although very slow growing, they can grow up to a metre or more as a houseplant, and even taller in their native environment.
As the swollen stem stores water, it's an exceptionally easy plant to care for.
The base of the ponytail palm has a bulging appearance with a more narrow trunk , topped with a fountain of long, slender leaves resembling blades of grass. The foliage generally curves downward and can be as much as two feet long and just an inch wide. Because the foliage is quite long, ponytail palms require a generous amount of space.
As a young plant, ponytail palms barely have a noticeable trunk. Instead, it resembles an onion plant. As the plant matures, the trunk begins to widen and becomes more pronounced.
When grown as a houseplant, it will usually grows to about a metre tall.
It rarely flowers indoors, but when grown outdoors it will also produce flower stalks that can reach 16 feet or more in height. The stalks produce clusters of small yellowish or beige-colored flowers that open during the summer months.
The accepted botanical name is Beaucarnea recuvata, but is also often referred to as Beaucarnea nolina and Nolina recurvata. It's commonly known as Ponytail Palm, Bottle Palm and Elephant Foot Tree.
Images pictured in this section are for illustration only. Please see the product photo above for an accurate representation of the size of plant you will receive.
The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Beaucarnea recuvata (aka Beaucarnea nolina, Nolina recurvata), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Use a liquid cactus fertilizer once every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. In the off season, you can decrease to once every 1-2 months or so.
The ponytail palm is a very slow grower, which means that even with proper light and watering, it doesn’t have to be repotted often. If your watering schedule or the lighting is incorrect, there will be almost no growth at all. A healthy, growing plant can be repotted when it outgrows the base of its stem almost completely fills the pot.
Because the ponytail palm naturally occurs in exposed areas in Central America, it will appreciate being placed in a bright spot with plenty of direct light. It will also survive in less bright conditions, but growth will be slower and the plant won’t thrive as much as it will with direct light. Avoid shade.
As Beaucarnea recurvata is a desert plant it is well adapted to long periods of drought, using it's swolen stem to store water. Water well only when the base of the stem feels slightly spongy.
As a desert plant, the Ponytail Palm can deal quite well with cold night-time temperatures, but prolonged periods of cold can lead to ill health.
The Ponytail Palm is so easy to care for. It rarely needs watering, can deal with a wide temperature range, and as long as it's getting at least bright indirect light, it's easy to keep happy!
Non toxic to pets and people!