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Q.Is It Normal For The Base Of My Ponytail Palm To Be Cracking And B Peeling?

Zone 32746 | Sdavids added on December 3, 2023 | Answered

My ponytail palm is planted in the ground. About 30 years old. Now the base is cracking and peeling. Rest of be plant looks ok. Is this normal?

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Answered on December 4, 2023

The peeling observed at the base of a Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is a natural and inherent aspect of the plant's growth process. This shedding of outer trunk layers facilitates the expansion of the base as the plant matures. It serves a protective function for the inner tissues and contributes to the characteristic appearance of the Ponytail Palm. If the peeling exposes healthy, greenish-gray or tan tissue, it is indicative of a normal developmental stage. However, should the peeling reveal soft or compromised tissue, a thorough examination is recommended to address potential issues such as overwatering or disease promptly.


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