How to care for a Beaucarnea Recurvata | Ponytail palm

The Ponytail Palm, or Beaucarnea Recurvata is also called an Elephant's Foot and we can kinda see why. The stalk of this plant looks humongous! To say that this succulent (yes it is a succulent!) has a special look would be an understatement. Its frazzled appearance can be very appealing to some though, we've seen this plant gain in popularity recently!

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  • Moderate
  • Once every year
  • Strong air purifier
  • Bright and sunny
  • Not toxic
  • Once every month

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  • The Ponytail Palm is originally found in Mexico. This plant also bears the name Elephant's Foot and Beaucarnea Recurvata, both of which are actually more accurate. That's because the Pony Tail palm isn't actually a Palm at all. It is part of the Asparagae plant family and more closely related to the group of succulent plants!
  • The Ponytail Palm is a strong air purifier. Its thick bushy head of hair will do wonders for filtering your air!
  • This is a non toxic plant! yay!
  • Do you see that big heavy base of your Ponytal palm? Guess what's inside of that...yep, water! The Ponytail palm is an excellent hoarder of water which means that you don't have to keep a very close eye on the watering schedule with a Ponytail Palm. Still, aim to water at least a few times a month and try to do so in regular rthythms. This is the best way for the plant to know when it has to rely on its reserves.
  • The Ponytail palm needs the sun. Put it in a sunny and bright spot if you want it to grow. This plant is a slow grower at the best of times so don't expect any miracles but more light means more new leaves!
  • Feed once a month in spring and summer months
  • Once a year if you think the base is getting a little too cramped in the pot.
  • The ponytail palm does not need any pruning.
  • Fungal diseases and bugs dont typically affect your Ponytail Palm. If you do end up seeing something that is not quite right it is usually due to root rot or overwatering.

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