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Indoor Ponytail Plant

Zone Bloomington IN 47401 | Anonymous added on July 12, 2019 | Answered

My ponytail plant is probably 12-15 years old. It used to have long flowing "tails". Over the last several years it has grown long and narrow at the top of the bulb with much shorter "tails". It's not as attractive as it used to be. Any ideas of what happened and what, if anything, can I do if this is not the natural growth of the plant.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on July 14, 2019

I did find a publication that confirmed the bulb narrowly tapers in older plants. And may branch. Wouldn't that be fun? I wonder if you fertilize. Only once or twice a year is needed. That may give your plant a boost. Or if you've never repotted, try going up just an inch or two in pot size using cactus soil. And make sure it gets plenty of light and hold back water till soil is significantly dry. Hold back even more during winter.
Here is more information:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/st/st09300.pdf

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/how-to-move-ponytail-palms.htm

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