Ponytail Palm Trees
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ponytail plant

richards_2 added on September 11, 2016 | Answered

My ponytail plant is over 40 years old and has become tall and gangly. Can I cut off the long neck at the base without killing the plant and will pups grow from the cut area? Thanx for the help Thelma R

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Alisma
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Answered on September 12, 2016

This is not recommended by most gardening experts because it can kill the tree. But quite a few home gardeners have reported that they've cut off the tops of their ponytail palms, either close to the top or close to the base, and that they did see re-growth. Some people saw pups at the base and others saw new shoots from the cut top. Others successfully planted the cut top.

Here is more advice about pruning ponytail palms for future reference:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/pruning-ponytail-palms.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/pruning-ponytail-palm-bonsai.htm

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