I live in New River, Arizona. I purchased a house and inherited 3 large pony palms, each over 8 ft. tall. They are in big pots outside and we move them under our patio for the cold months (Dec-Mar). In the summer months (April-November), they sit in their large pots in direct sunlight. Will they survive the colder months (temps anywhere from 45-25) if I plant them in the ground? Pretty soon I won't be able to find a pot big enough or be able to move them by dolly....Any suggestions?
Where I live in Florida, on the coast in the Tampa Bay area, there are ponytails that I know personally have been living outside for over 25 years. In that time, the temperature has fallen to the upper 20's a couple of times, and maybe a dozen times to freezing. We are considered to be in zone 9b. You can find your zone at this site, if your curious: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/planting-zones/
Your ponytails should do fine outdoors - have you ever seen any growing in yards as you drive around? You might want to use some kind of winter protection if sub-freezing temperatures are forecast. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protecting-plants-winter.htm
I bought a ponytail with 3 in the pot. Can I separate these before planting? I live in Fl.
Yes, you can separate your Ponytail plants.
Make sure you have proper sized pots, well draining potting mix, and do not plant them to deeply.
Here is a link to care for your ponytail plant.
i have 2 ponytail palms that weren't doing well. I repotted them into one bigger pot and they don't seem any better. Right now they are outside. Please help.
When you say that your ponytail palms are not doing well, can you provide more description on what is happening to them? What kind of lighting is it in when it is inside and outside? Tell me about how you are watering and fertilizing your ponytail palms. Are you letting the soil dry out significantly in between waterings? Are you fertilizing it the recommended 2-3 times per year? Too much water and too much fertilizer can negatively impact ponytail palms.
For more information on the care of ponytail palms, please visit the following link:
I left my ponytail plant on a covered porch and we had a late freeze in the season. All the leaves are brown and I trimmed them off. I see some new growth starting. What do I need to do to get this plant healthy again?
I would recommend that you read the following article, which will give you guidelines on saving cold damaged plants:
The basic recommendation is to water cold damaged plants and give them a boost of liquid fertilizer to help aid in their recovery.
I have a 25 year old ponytail palm. Very healthy, over 7 ft tall. It stays indoors in the winter and on the deck in the summer. This past few days we've had a lot of rain. Today when I checked on the plant, there is a hole on the bulb. It's also a bit mushy around the hole. The rest of the bulb is rigid. Is there anything I should do about the hole? The plant looks fine for now, but I'm afraid the hole might get bigger/deeper and might affect the plant. Also, can you tell from the photo if the hole was made by an animal or was it caused by the amount of rain we've had recently? Thank you so much for your help.
Excessive moisture is an issue for your Ponytail.
Make sure the drainage holes of the pot are clear. Avoid any watering by hand and try to cover the soil if your heavy rain continues.
Root Rot can take over quickly if the soil remains wet. Yellowing leaves will be one of the first signs.
Do not cover this wound. Allow air to circulate. Watch for signs of insects.
Neem Oil could be used to treat the area as it is both an insecticide and fungicide.
Cinnamon is a substitute, you could dust the wound with it.
Wait and see.
I just got a PP from Lowes and repotted it. It sits in a window. Today I noticed that its leaves have brown tips on them. Does this mean I gave it too much water when I replanted it or does it mean I haven't given it enough? I am a very bad plant owner.
Ponytail Palm prefers drier soil, so allow it to dry out before watering again.
Brown tips could just be some signs of stress from repotting or to much water as you mention.
Make sure the plant is not sitting in soggy soil as this can cause the plant to rot.
Here is a link to refresh you on care requirements.
I have been given a Ponytail palm, which was in a square pot which broke. The only suitable pot I have is round and I would need to cut the 'square' corners from the roots. Can I do this without damaging the plant? Regards, Terry McKeown
You can trim the roots.
The link below has more information.