Ponytail Palm Trees

Outdoor Ponytail Palm

ejsbrat added on May 30, 2015 | Answered

My outdoor ponytail palm is beautiful and doing great. My question is when it grows buds on top, do they need to be trimmed or removed? The plant is about 10 yrs old.

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Answered on May 31, 2015

Congratulations, it sounds like your Ponytail may be getting ready to bloom if it has buds on the top of the plant.
Ponytails are dioecious, which means that the male and female flowers occur on different plants.
If the flowers are cream colored it is a male plant, pink flowers, it's a female plant.
The female plants will produce fruit after flowering.

You can trim away the spent flowers if the plant is a male, but leave the flowers if it's a female plant.


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