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6" Pony Tail Palm

About Pony Tail Palm  
Long-lived and easy to grow indoors, the ponytail palm (Beaucarnea) is not a palm tree at all. Instead, it’s a succulent. Ponytail palms are part of the agave family, but while the leaves are rough to the touch, they are much less stiff and thorny than generally expected from an agave. Those leaves sprout from the top of the stem in a fountain-like manner and look a bit like ponytails. Because of the plant’s wide, grayish base with cracking bark, ponytail palms are sometimes called “elephant foot trees.” The base of each ponytail palm tapers up to a slender, graceful trunk, which is why a common name for this plant is “bottle palm.” Ponytail palms are native to Mexico, and gardeners in zones 10 and 11 can grow them outside in well-drained, sunny areas, where they can reach up to 20 feet tall.
How to Water Ponytail Palms

Because they are succulents, ponytail palms can go long periods without water. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever water them, but you don’t want to overwater them. Allow the top 2 to 3 inches of soil to dry out between waterings and then give the plant a good soak. Indoors, that means you’ll probably end up watering your ponytail palm every 3 to 4 weeks. If you’re allowing the plants to summer outdoors, keep an eye on the forecast and move plants under cover if several inches of rain are predicted. Do not allow plants to sit in standing water.





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