Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata) Profile

Written by Maggie

Dec 17 2021

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata) Profile

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata) belongs to the genus Ponytail. Ponytail palm is a small evergreen tree in its native place and can grow up to 10 meters high. 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.

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Ponytail palm

Ponytail palm is one of the best trees for pots

Characteristics of Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm is a small evergreen tree with a distinct large stem with fleshy underground roots. The stem is erect and the lower part is fat. It looks like a wine bottle and can store water. Trunk with a thick cork layer of bark, grayish white or brown. Old plant epidermis will crack, shape like tortoise shell, quite characteristic. The apex of a single stem grows tufted bands of inwardly curved leathery leaves. Leaf blade linear, entire or finely dentate, pendulous, leathery and pendulous, margin serrate. The leaves have panicles with small white flowers. Plants that have been blooming for more than 10 years can only flower.

Ponytail Palm Growth Habit

Ponytail palm prefers warm, wet and sunny environments, and is more resistant to drought and cold. The suitable temperature for growth was 16-28℃, and the overwintering temperature was 0℃. It likes fertile soil and grows better on sandy loam with good drainage and ventilation and rich humus. 

Read More: How to Care for Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm Distribution

Native to the eastern Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and SAN Luis Potosi, the Ponytail palm was discovered by the French in 1870 and is now widely grown as an ornamental plant around the world. It is now widely cultivated in the Yangtze River basin of China and potted in the north.

Ponytail palm
Ponytail Palm - Most Common House Plant

How to Propagate Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm is commonly used for sowing propagation, but it has not yet produced seeds in China, and most of the seeds are imported from the origin. Sow seeds in a mixture of leaf-rot soil and river sand. Keep the seeds moist but not too wet, or they will rot. Germinate in a 20-25℃ and semi-negative environment after 2-3 months. In addition, the plant that grows many years sometimes can be in the stem base part small bud, and can also cut buds. But care must be taken to disinfect the wound so that it does not rot.

Read More:
How to Propagate Ponytail Palm (from Seeds & Cuttings)
How to Take Care of Ponytail Palm Rot Root
Ponytail Palm Leaves Drying & Bulb Softening Causes & Care Solutions

Ponytail Palm Uses

Ornamental value: Ponytail palm, as a flower for viewing stems and leaves, is used to decorate the living room, study room, hotel and venue, giving people a novel and unique feeling. It can be planted in a variety of specifications as an interior decoration: small plants are planted in a delicate basin, placed on the desk and table, showing elegance and comeliness. With medium and large pot plants, used to decorate hall, meeting room, reception room, hotel, shopping mall and other places, extremely rich tropical interest, quite appreciated.

Ponytail palm
Ponytail palm - one of the best indoor trees