Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail palm

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Ponytail Palm has a huge swollen ‘elephant foot’ caudex with interestingly fissured bark – this is an adaptation to store water in its arid Mexican habitat

Origin: Mexico
Genus: Beaucarnea
Species / Cultivar: recurvata
Common Name: Ponytail palm
Synonym: Nolina recurvata

Plant Biography

Ponytail Palm has a huge swollen ‘elephant foot’ caudex with interestingly fissured bark – this is an adaptation to store water in its arid Mexican habitat.

Beaucarnea recurvata
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Temperature: 15 - 30°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Ponytail palm isn’t actually a palm but is related to yucca and needs similar treatment.

Water frequently during summer, allowing the compost to dry out in between, and then sparingly during winter. Use a clay pot if possible; the porous material will absorb some of the water, drying out the soil more quickly.

If kept dry Beaucarnea recurvata can tolerate a good deal of frost but if even a little damp the bulbous stem will rot.

All Beaucarnea make slow growing, adaptable and tolerant specimens for the summer patio, house, conservatory or greenhouse.

Expert Tip

Fertilize in the spring with a cacti/succulent fertilizer and bring into a brighter room for the summer months. Ponytail palms will remain small if kept in a small pot. They can go for many years before needing to be repotted. Repotting every other year at the most is all a ponytail palm needs.

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