The leaves on my ponytail palm are drooping instead of standing up. What would cause that? The leaves used to arch out and now they are bending at 45 or 90 degrees.
It sounds like the plant is just growing and aging.
You can prune your plant if it needs it.
Here are a couple of links to refresh you on the care.
I hope I can describe the situation clearly...I have a bonsai ponytail tree that has three ponytails growing at the top. One of the ponytails got damaged and died, leaving a stump like appearance. Is it possible for a new ponytail to grow from that stump? My tree looks so sad and unbalanced now. I apologize for the quality of the picture. Shawna
I'm sorry we did not receive your image.
It may grow another pup or stem, but if the stem died from a fungus or disease this could be an issue.
I would cut the stem down with a clean sharp knife or scissors.
The open stem end can increase the chances of disease or insects effecting the plant.
You can use Neem Oil on the plant as it does work as insecticide and a fungicide.
Here are a few links with more information.
Can I use tea tree oil on my ponytail palm that has a stem that died? I have had a bonsai ponytail palm for 5 years with three stems. One of them died last summer. It was suggested to use neem oil on the stem after I cut it down to the trunk. Can I also use tea tree oil? Thank you!
My recommendation is the Neem OIl, but Tea Tree Oil is a fungicide and antiseptic so I would so no reason not to try it.
You just want to keep the would from attracting and insects or fungus.
I have a very, very large ponytail tree in my front yard. For the first time in the last 15 years, it is blooming, very large blooms, four foot long blooms, yellow to a gold and pink in color on five of its eight arms. The arms are approximately twelve to fifteen feet tall. From the ground up, it is a good twenty plus feet tall with a huge base. My question is, what do I do about the blooms, cut them off or leave them alone? I don't want to do harm to this beautiful tree.
Here is a link with more information.
My ponytail palm was in a planter for four years. When I got my property, I put it in the ground where it thrived for ten years. The top quit replenishing the leaves and 'lost its top. I thought the plant was dead, but when I went to remove it, I found shoots sprouting from the trunk. The plant is 55" tall. Three sprouts from the top toward the ground are at 14", 22 1/4" and 25 1/2". From the base going up, there are sprouts at 4 1/2" and at 6 1/2". If I were to cut the shoots from the trunk, no root system to ensure survival. Will the host plant survive the removal of these shoots? There are also shoots around the base, not attached to the plant, those I know what to do with. Will the host plant survive with these shoots growing from the trunk? The plant is app. 15 yrs. young. Looking forward to your reply.
It sounds like the shoots were once pups that just continued to grow.
You should be able to remove them without harming the parent plant, but spring is the best time to do this.
On a two stem ponytail palm with both stems 6-7 ft high extending from a large bulb base, can I cut one of the stems about 3 ft up from the bulb?
From my research I'm seeing mixed information.
Is there a reason for wanting to cut down one of the plants? If it is due to the health of the plant, it likely would cause further stress and the plant may not survive or continue to struggle.
I have found some reports of people successfully cutting down a stem and it growing, it will likely have multiple green shoots and may not be the growth pattern you desire.
If you do cut this Ponytail I would advise painting the cut end with cinnamon. This acts as a natural fungicide.
What should I do to revive my ponytail plant?
I'm a bit unclear as to the exact issue with your plant, but it must be showing some stress.
Here are some links that have good care information. Hopefully this will help you pinpoint the issue.