Beaucarnea Ponytail / Ponytail Palm
The Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is sometimes known as the Elephant foot plant, thanks to its broad, rounded stump. It's not really a palm, but it certainly is charming! This plant looks fancy, with its waterfall of long leaves, but it's surprisingly easy to care for. Just pretend it's a cactus and leave it alone.
CARE + MAINTENANCE
Light + temperature
Plenty of bright light, some direct sun OK. Can tolerate lower light, but will grow more slowly. 60-80°F, allow to get cooler in Winter to imitate dormancy patterns.
Allow soil to dry out between watering.
Non-toxic. Cats are often drawn to biting the blade-like leaves, which may be annoying -- but at least it won't make kitty sick!
The Ponytail palm needs very little care -- this is a plant that truly thrives on neglect. This makes it a perfect choice for someone very busy or who travels a lot. It is always better to underwater than overwater it. When it doubt, leave it alone!
Why are the ends of my Ponytail palm leaves getting crispy?
Crispy brown tips are commonly seen on the Ponytail palm if it is truly under watered and let dry for too long. Not to worry, this is still much less severe than the effects of overwatering! Just use clean sharp scissors to trim off the dark brown ends, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Leaves that are turning yellow and brown, however, are a clear sign of overwatering. If you see yellowing leaves, stop watering right away, allow your soil to fully dry, and consider increasing the amount of time between watering.
Origin + Shipping
All our plants are grown domestically in the United States in Florida, California, or Hawaii, and comply with all phytosanitary and quarantine regulations.
Plants are expertly packed by our team and shipped in plastic grow pots to ensure the least amount of damage during shipping. Heat packs are automatically included when plants are shipped to cold climates.