Ponytail Palm Care

Last Updated: August 21, 2022

Basic Ponytail Palm Care

Although you might be thinking it’s difficult to keep such a tropical plant in your home, the Ponytail Palm is actually one of the lowest maintenance houseplants out there. They love sunshine which makes them one of the only window-sill plants during summer and they don’t require much water so that’s one more thing to strike off your to-do list.

The only negative of the Ponytail Palm is that they are slow growing so don’t expect to see lots of new growth popping out all of the time. But on the bright side, it means your plant won’t outgrow the space any time soon!

DetailedPonytail PalmCare Information

Ponytail Palms love full sunlight

Ponytail Palms can deal with full sun for the entire day so are great for those empty windowsills that are too bright for other plants. But the best thing about Ponytail Palms is that they also survive in lower light areas.

Water your Ponytail Palm infequently

Ponytail Palms are a type of succulent meaning they don’t need a lot of water. We recommend watering fortnightly in summer but dropping back to once a month in winter. Too much water can very quickly lead to root rot which can kill your Ponytail Palm.

Ponytail Palms don’t like high humidity

Ponytail Palms thrive in dry air and really won’t do well if you try to increase the humidity.

Average room temperature is best

Keep your Ponytail Palm away from cold temperatures (drafty windows, AC vents etc). Room temperature and a little above is best for your Ponytail Palm.

Don’t fertilise a Ponytail Palm often

Ponytail Palms don’t require regular fertilisation. Instead, you want to fertilise once at the start of spring and leave it for the rest of the year. Ponytail Palms are susceptible to fertiliser burn so you want to be careful.

Use well-draining soil

Ponytail Palms require well-draining soil to prevent root rot. You want to use a specific cactus or succulent mix as these contain ingredients such as perlite that help with aeration and drainage.

Propagate using offshoots

Sometimes Ponytail Palm product small offshoots from the base of the main stem. Wait until these grow several centimetres in height before cutting them off the mother plant.

Ponytail Palms are non-toxic

Another reason we love Ponytail Palms is that they are completely non-toxic and safe for pets and humans!

Ponytail Palm FAQs

Common Problems with yourPonytail Palm

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It’s important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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