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Q.feeding a ponytail palm

Zone Las Vegas NV | Marykua added on June 10, 2018 | Answered

Hello and thank you for being available!! I purchased a beautiful ponytail palm from a nursery. I now have 2. One is an outside potted plant that is very happy in partial shade on the front of the house even in our Vegas 102-110 degree weather. It is about 6 years old and doing well, however I wanted to ask what I should feed it with and when. I purchased another for an indoor plant it is only about 8-9 inches tall but has beautiful full leafing going on, from a star nursery. I inquired about feeding it, and actually was confused by the answer. I found you on line.
The nursery told me it is considered a succulent, and should be fed as a cacti. He sold me a liquid cactus plant food 2-7-7, and said to water it weekly or when the top soil is dry, and include a tsp per gallon of water. In your opinion is this correct? Is direct sunlight OK if it is indoors? normal room temp around 70. Thank you………….marykua@mygait.com

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Answered on June 11, 2018

This would be fine, but I would suggest reducing this by half. They, really, don't need that much fertilizer. Too much can cause a salt build up in the soil anyway. It is better to give a little less than they need, than more.

Direct sunlight through a window will not hurt it. If you do notice yellowing then I would move it just a little to one side.

This article will help you with their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/ponytail-palm-care.htm

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