How do I care for a ponytail palm?


How do I care for a ponytail palm?


The ponytail palm or elephant-foot tree (Beaucarnea recurvata) is an easy to grow, low maintenance houseplant.  Plant characteristics include a swollen, bulb-like base and long, strap-like leaves which arch out from the stem creating a fountain-like effect. 

The ponytail palm should be placed in a brightly lit location in the home.  A site near an east or west window is usually a good location.  The ponytail palm is a type of succulent.  Don’t water it as often as you would most houseplants.  Allow the potting soil to dry between waterings.  In spring and summer, fertilize once or twice a month with a dilute fertilizer solution. 

Last updated on
March 3, 2022