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Q.Is This Normal, Or Am I Overwatering?

Zone Kettering,Ohio 45429 | Anonymous added on August 28, 2021 | Answered

I noticed this brown stuff a couple of weeks ago. And now it looks like it’s splitting. It has new leaves and otherwise looks very healthy. This is my first ponytail palm and I’ve only had it 5 months so I’m not sure what is or isn’t normal. Thank you for your time.

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Answered on September 9, 2021

They can go weeks between waterings. It may be overwatered. Is the soil damp or just dark? Are the leaves yellow or is that light shining through? Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering (or root rot).

If the caudex is soft, you have a root rot problem. If it isn't, just cut back on the watering. Make sure the soil is dry before watering.

If the caudex is soft, repot in fresh potting soil in a clean container and hold back on watering. (It may be too late to save it at this point.)


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