Written by Maggie
Feb 02 2023
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata) is a very common foliage plant, and many people choose to grow it at home to decorate the environment. Because the stem shape is peculiar, base special bangs are big, resemble magnum bottles, add the bark that crackles into a small cube and tufted leaf appearance to dance again, Ponytail palm becomes a very peculiar adornment plant. Placing the plant somewhere bright will benefit it because ponytail palms prefer to have as much light as possible. How to grow and care for Ponytail Palm? Let's look down together.
|Botanical/Scientific Name||Beaucarnea Recurvata|
|Common Name||Ponytail Palm|
|When to Grow/Bloom/Harvest||Spring is the traditional planting time|
|Uses||Absorbs common toxic gasses|
|Light Care||Bright indirect light to full sun|
|Soil Care||Fairly dry|
|Temperature Care||Ideal temperatures above 45°F (7°C) at night|
|Watering||Water when the soil is completely dry|
|Pruning Care||Pruning during growing season of spring through early fall|
|Fertilizer Care||Fertilized once or twice per month|
|Propagation||Cuttings and Seeds|
|Toxic||Non-toxic to cats, dogs, and horses|
|Flower Color||White, Yellow|
Ponytail palm likes to grow in a sunny place, so it cannot be conserved in a cool place. When caring for Ponytail Palm in the growing season, it needs more than 6 hours of sunlight. However, in summer, it needs to shade the Ponytail palm appropriately. Plant growth temperature should be near 25℃, and do a good job of cooling treatment in summer, winter needs to be moved to indoor maintenance.
There is no need to water the plant every day. Ponytail Palm is suitable for growing in dry and clean soil, and the principle of not watering the soil is done. In summer, the water demand is large, so it can be watered once every three days. In winter, it depends on the soil condition and do not let the soil water
In the peak growth season of Ponytail palm, nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers are needed. It is best to apply fertilizer once every 16 days, and the fertilizer should not be directly drenching on the leaves. Easily absorbable farm manure should be used in summer to reduce the damage to the root system. Fertilization should be stopped in winter.
Ponytail palm is susceptible to disease and insect disease, which can cause the leaves to shrift and tear off within a week. When a large area of leaf wilt occurs, the plant needs to be sprayed with 300 times diluted Bordeaux and the planting soil should be changed.
Ponytail palm is one of the best trees for pots
The rotting roots of Ponytail palm depend on whether the situation is serious or not. If the rotting roots are only slightly rotted, they will recover after a period of good curing. If the rotting roots are serious, they need to be removed from the pot, cut off the rotting roots, and then disinfect and dry the wounds. The following are Beaucarnea Recurvata care tips for roots rot.
What if over-watering causes rot of Ponytail palm roots? This situation is generally not too serious, as long as the pot soil can be dried. First use tools to turn the pot soil, and then put it in a well-ventilated place for maintenance, so that the pot soil can be dried quickly.
If improper fertilization or heavy fertilizer leads to mild root rot of Ponytail palm, it can be watered a lot. When we grow and care for Ponytail Palm, the excessive fertilizer in the pot soil should be flushed out to dilute the fertilizer in the soil, and then the water in the pot soil should be discharged in time and preserved in a cool place. No watering and fertilizer can be applied in a short time.
If the root of the Ponytail palm is seriously ulcered, it is necessary to take off the pot in time, cut off the rotten roots, and then disinfect the wound after cutting. When caring for Ponytail Palm, plant ash or Peliomycete solution can be used to smear the wound, which can make the wound heal quickly and prevent secondary infection.
There is no need to change the soil. Changing the soil is only because the pot soil breeds bacteria that infect the roots. If the soil is not changed, even if the rotting roots are cut off, the Ponytail palm will still get infected again, so it needs to change the soil and replant.
The ponytail palm propagation we first thought of is cutting, but there are also some preconditions for cutting. If the ambient temperature of ponytail palm propagation from cutting is very low, it will affect the survival rate of ponytail palm and reduce the survival rate of ponytail palm. The optimal propagation temperature of asparagus is 20-30 degrees, For asparagus to be used for cutting, select some bamboo with more leaves, mark a small hole on the bamboo, then coat it with mosses, and place it in a ventilated place for about ten days. In this environment, keep the humidity of ponytail palm appropriate. Put some soft and moist soil into a cloth bag, then tie some small holes outside the cloth bag, insert the cuttings from the small holes, and then put them in the basin to fill with sand and soil. Don't cover them too tightly.
Ponytail palm propagation from seed first, we have to wait until the seed becomes soft, which means it is mature. Then we can pick the seed, wash it with water, dry it after washing, and then store it. In April, we plant the seed in sand, and then use wooden pots, Put three seeds in each basin, cover the sand and soil, water it a lot, and then seal it with plastic wrap. The next environment should maintain a temperature of more than 25 degrees and the soil should be wet enough.
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Ponytail palm has a strong astringent effect. It has a very good therapeutic effect on all kinds of hemoptysis and bleeding symptoms. It can effectively stop bleeding and cool blood.
Ponytail palm covers all parts of the motherland and is widely distributed, so the difficulty and cost of planting are relatively low compared with other plants, and it can decorate gardens and parks. So as to highlight a certain ornamental value. Because it is evergreen all year round, it is very popular with people. Ponytail palm can be viewed for a long time, because as a leaf viewing plant decoration, the whole home environment or our city has brought green vitality to people.
Ponytail palm represents hope and peace. Ponytail palm is tall and beautiful and can resist a variety of toxic gases. Brown bark is widely used, so it is an ideal tree species for garden combined production and an excellent tree species for factory greening. It can be planted in rows, clusters or in pieces. Ponytail palm also uses potted or barrel plants for indoor or building front decoration and venue layout. (Read More: Why Does My Ponytail Palm Have Brown Tips)