A friend wants to give me her ponytail palm, which is quite large. I'm afraid it may be too tall (8 1/2 foot ceiling here) for my house. Can you trim some of the leaves at the top to remove height?
I would suggest not trying to prune the plant to adjust height.
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I have a ponytail plant and the sprouts are brown, all the leaves have fallen off. I did transplant it into a a larger pot. Is this plant dead? Or is there a chance it will come back? It's an indoor plant.
Ponytail like to be root bound and if repotting does become necessary it is important not to use to large of a pot.
You can wait and see if you see any new growth, but likely the plant did not survive the stress.
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I have a Ponytail Palm in a small planter and the tips are brown. Also, the base (bulb like) is somewhat soft. Should I repot it and fertilize it or will that stress it out?
I would not repot it at this time.
If the base of the plant is soft, this could indicate that the plant is overwatered. Check the soil, it should dry out between waterings.
Allow the soil to dry and see if the plant health improves. If the plant has already suffered root rot it may not recover.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care.
How long do I propagate Ponytail Palm Pups before transplanting to a pot? I have done a great deal of research on the kind of palm tree I have. Sure enough it is a ponytail palm. The palm tree is sprouting/growing pups on the actual trunk of the palm. I looked up how to propagate these ponytail pups on several websites. They provided excellent information regarding the propagating process of the pups; however, they did not indicate how long do I have to propagate the pups before transplanting them into a larger permanent container? Thank you for your help. I do not have the ability to send you a picture, hope this is okay. If not, maybe I can use a friend's cell phone to send you.
Here is a great article that will help you.
I have a ponytail palm that I put outdoors in summer and have to bring indoor in the winter. I live in IN and I have noticed the pot which the plant is in is full of ants in the soil; they are coming in and out the drainage holes and they've reproduced. What can I do so that I don't bring the ants in with the plant? Is it okay to repot this time of year or is their a safe insecticide? I do have a cat inside my home. Thanks!
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I have a ponytail palm that stays in the house facing a huge west window that has solar screens on it. Due to the heat here, we had to put the screens on the windows. The plant seems healthy except that the leaves have turned brown half the way down. I have clipped the brown tips but the browning keeps accuring. I water as directed so don't know what is happening. All of my other plants in the same area are doing fine. Please advise. Thanks.
Pony Tail Palms should be on the dry side, only watering when the soil has dried out.
If your over fertilizing this will also cause the fronds to turn brown.
Another reason can be the build up of salts in the soil from watering with softened or conditioned water. If possible use rain or distilled water, or letting the water sit 24 hours ahead of time can help.
If the soil is heavily contaminated with salts you can rinse out the soil, but replacing it with fresh soil may be the best choice.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
We have two Ponytail Palms that are 41 years old. They are inside year round now that they are too big to move. Recently, they have been producing shoots out of the bottom, but the tops seem to be dying off. What can we do to keep them alive and fuller on the top? I have more pictures if you need them.
This is a very long time to care for a plant, and perhaps the palm has just reached it's lifespan indoors.
The height of the plant and I do see a ceiling fan in this image. Ceiling fans can produce to much of a draft for plants and cause issues including the plants drying out. You can try moving to a new location.
There is no way to prune the top of a Ponytail Palm without causing certain death to the plant.
The new shoot at the bottom of the plant is a pup and can be removed and repotted for a new plant.
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