Top Questions About Ponytail Palm Trees

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Questions About Ponytail Palm Trees

Asked by
dollface on
July 31, 2011

Q. Ponytail Palm

IS ponytail palm best grown in a pot or ground, full sun or shade?

Answered by
Heather on
August 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

They can be planted in the ground in areas where it does not get colder than 20F. If you live in an area like this, you can plant it in the ground. If it gets colder than 20F, it is best to keep it in a container that you can bring in for the winter.

It likes full sun.

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Anonymous on
August 31, 2011

Q. Palms

I live in Houston, Texas and own a lot of palms and banana trees. I just recently bought a ponytail palm to go outside. I am not very familiar with this palm, although I found out it is in the lily family. I have tried looking online to find out about the survival rate of planting it in the ground instead of a pot indoors. I can’t find anything on this matter. Also, when I bought this palm it had 5 small babies in the same pot. They all had sufficient roots, so I separated them and planted them in the ground too. I would like to know if this is okay. So, my questions are:

1. Can the ponytail palm live outside year round and cover it when it does get cold?
2. Will the babies that I pulled off survive?
3. How fast does this ponytail palm grow?

Answered by
Becca062 on
September 7, 2011
A.

the ponytail palm is a slow grower, this will explain how to propagate the babies, which are called pups:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/palms-trees/propagate-palm-pups.htm

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Asked by
growdamit on
August 2, 2012

Q. What is the best way to root the prunings of a ponytail palm?

What is the best way to root the prunings of a ponytail palm?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 3, 2012
A.

OK, so I don't really know how to answer this - most people don't prune ponytail palms, and I've never tried to root a piece. But if I had a piece of trunk, or one of the side shoots that sometimes come up, I would put it in wet perlite with a plastic bag over it as a mini-greenhouse, and be very patient. But I do know that this is the only part that could root; the leaves will not. Let me know how your experiment works out.

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Asked by
rosingleton on
September 12, 2012

Q. What to do about the new growth on the stalk of the ponytail palm?

My ponytail palm has bloomed twice in the last couple of years or so. It’s quite beautiful, This year it had 3 flower stalks bloom. This plant is growing like crazy, there must be a good 20 new growths on the stalk. Is that okay or is there something I need to be doing? I’ve tried pinching them off, but I tell you as soon as I do there’ll be three more popping out the next day. I’ve replanted it and to be honest I have no idea what else to do. Do you have any suggestions?

Answered by
Heather on
September 23, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

That is ok. They are just pups and are how the plant propagates itself. This article will help you with removing them and starting them, if you would like. You can always share them with friends. :)

http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/ponytail-palm-propagating/

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Asked by
ardis836 on
October 19, 2012

Q. Ponytail Palm

My 30 yr old palm bloomed for the first time this year. After blooms were gone the tree looks terrible. How can I get it to come back to life??

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
October 19, 2012
A.

When my now 38 year old ponytail bloomed, it was about 13 feet tall and single stemmed. Living in zone 6, the plant was too large to bring back inside, so I cut it back to let it send out multiple stems. Four years later, it is prettier than ever with 8 stems and lots of foliage. Hope this helps.

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Anonymous on
February 22, 2013

Q. How to Tell Difference Between Male and Female Flowers on Ponytails

Have been told ponytail palms are male or female, and can tell the difference of each palm by the different shape flower.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
February 22, 2013
A.

My oldest ponytail, 45-50 years old, has been a member of the family 39 years. It bloomed once, about 7 years ago. Since the bloom spike was 15 feet in the air, and each bloom was so tiny, we didn't see any differences. No seed were produced. Sorry for not having a more definate answer to your question.

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Asked by
tessa on
April 6, 2013

Q. How Do We Remove a Ponytail Tree When the Bulb/Bottom Is Huge

It’s at least 4-5 feet across and about 15 foot high.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
April 6, 2013
A.

Assuming you want to relocate the plant, here is what I'd do. Dig 18-20 inches out from the caudex, (bulb/bottom) to a depth of 18-20 inches below the caudex. With a plant this large, you will have to have equipment to lift and move. My largest ponytail is about half the size of yours, and we lay it down and roll it, but it is in a container. Since most succulents don't have a huge root system, they usually aren't traumatized as dramatically when moved as leafy/tropical plants. Water the plant in, then keep new location barely moist until re-established. Kept too wet, the plant might not live...remember that caudex is like a sponge full of water.

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