Hello, I am fairly new to potted plants. I purchased a ponytail palm and I have very low light. I also purchased a glowlight. It is a 80 watt, 80 LED, It has a red spectrum, a blue spectrum and both together. Also it has 9 dimmable settings. Can a ponytail palm and other bonsai trees thrive using a grow light? If so for how much time for red, blue or both? Thanks for any help, Joe
Honestly, you can get better results from the 120 watt LED's from any supermarket. They have a more full spectrum, where those "blurple" panels only have blue and purple. Plants require much more of the light spectrum to be happy.
Often, you can get away much cheaper using those household LED's anyway. I would use two or 3 per plant, since the actual draw wattage is much less than the light equivalency.
If you do choose a horticulture grade fixture, then make sure that it is full spectrum.
I keep my palm at a window that get sun in the morning. I have not put it outside at all and I have had it about 3 years. Usually water it about once a month. I notice the trunk seems to be pulling away from the soil I notice a gap were there was none before. It has rocks in a square display container.
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage.It sounds like it may need repotting, though. I don't think that I would trim it.
Besides propping it up, and tying, it may be necessary to attempt to take a cutting. Eventually, they will produce side pups that can be taken and rooted, separately.
Outside of this, make sure that the plant gets plenty of light. Lacking in light can cause the plant to become top-heavy as it stretches.