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  • Answered by
    kh0001 on
    July 17, 2016
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    You won't kill the mother plant, don't worry. You'll want to cut around the pup, and the trunk of the mother plant may suffer one or two scrapes but should be fine. Spring IS the best time to separate Ponytail pups from the mother, but if you don't think the one that's getting squished will make it successfully through the winter, I would separate it sooner rather than later. This article will walk you through how:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/propagating-ponytail-palm-pups.htm

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    Downtoearthdigs on
    July 25, 2016
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    I can't say for sure from your description.
    Perhaps the previous homeowner planted the pups into the soil around the plant.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/propagating-ponytail-palm-pups.htm

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    Downtoearthdigs on
    July 26, 2016
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    Obviously something happened to the roots and they are not either taking up water or is the soil to soggy?
    I may recommend actually repotting the plant and giving the roots an inspection.
    Here is a link with information on how to repot the plant.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/how-to-move-ponytail-palms.htm

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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    August 3, 2016
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    If the plant has survived for years in its current pot, it will probably be fine. Here is more information which will help if you do decide to repot it later:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ponytail-palm/how-to-move-ponytail-palms.htm

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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    August 17, 2016
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    Since ponytail palms prefer to be root bound, it should be possible to keep your ponytail palm in its current container, but it would be good to replace the soil. If you can get it out of the pot, replace the soil and trim back any unhealthy roots. See these articles for more:
    http://www.gardensalive.com/product/when-houseplants-get-pot-bound/you_bet_your_garden
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/prune-roots.htm

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    Alisma on
    August 19, 2016
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    Alisma on
    November 4, 2016
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    Yes, as long as the climate is correct for your ponytail palm to live outdoors throughout the year, you can bury it in its pot as you describe. Make sure it ends up level with the same soil line as it has in the pot.

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