Features of Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm is also known by the name “Beaucarnea recurvata”. It is mostly grown as a houseplant in the temperate latitudes. A minimum winter temperature above 10°C is required for successful cultivation. This goes to around 30°C during the summer months. The requirements of ponytail palm vary from full sunlight to a light shade, comprising of a well drained mix of soil. For a successful soil mix, 1 part of moss and 2 parts of loam are added to 2 parts of sand. In addition, small gravels can be added for ensuring a good drainage. Although, ponytail palm grow uninterruptedly in the wild, they are extremely slow growing and are drought tolerant, when grown in a container. In the growing season, these plants are fertilized just once and are watered every three weeks, during this period. In addition, these plants need to be watered enough for preventing the wilting of the foliage. This normally comes about to 1 dose of water in winter. While growing the ponytail palm, the single most frequent cause of failure is owing to over-watering.

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Ponytail Palm is basically a native of the southeastern part of Mexico. It comprises of a single trunk and has a greatly expanded base, comprising of a rosette of strap-like and long leaves which droop and arch. With the increase in the age, the trunk of ponytail palm normally develops some branches. The normal height of a ponytail palm is 30 feet tall with the base exceeding 12 feet. However, ponytail palm plants which are normally planted in the house don’t grow beyond 6 feet or eight feet. The leaves of the plant are flat and thin with a length of 6 feet. Only the large specimens of Ponytail Palm are able to properly flower. The approximate width of the ponytail palm is about an inch. These are normally agglomerated in dense tussocks at the extremities of the branches and normally droop downward and curve upwards. Normally, the flowers are creamy white in color and although individually invisible are observed in showy upright clusters, which draw out above the leaves.


Most plant lovers mostly prefer to grow the ponytail palm in their houses. The best part of raising a ponytail palm indoors is that, it is simple to grow and does not require extreme care. On the whole, pony tail palm adds to the beauty of a typical American household. It makes a handsome and a large houseplant and sustains itself, well even in air conditioned rooms. For people, who have an attached garden, planting a ponytail palm would be just about perfect. Overall, a pony tail plant helps man remain in sync with nature.