Ponytail Palm Trees

Two Stem Ponytail Palm

briannieagan added on July 25, 2015 | Answered

On a two stem ponytail palm with both stems 6-7 ft high extending from a large bulb base, can I cut one of the stems about 3 ft up from the bulb?

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Answered on July 27, 2015

From my research I'm seeing mixed information.
Is there a reason for wanting to cut down one of the plants? If it is due to the health of the plant, it likely would cause further stress and the plant may not survive or continue to struggle.

I have found some reports of people successfully cutting down a stem and it growing, it will likely have multiple green shoots and may not be the growth pattern you desire.
If you do cut this Ponytail I would advise painting the cut end with cinnamon. This acts as a natural fungicide.


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