The Ponytail Palm, also known as a Bottle Palm Tree or Elephant Foot Tree, is neither a palm nor a tree. This plant is a type of succulent from the Agave family, native to dry regions of eastern Mexico. The Ponytail Palm gets its name from the long curling leaves that grow similar in appearance to a ponytail from the top of the trunk. The Ponytail Palm stump stores water at its base and tapers up into a thin stem. One or more rosettes of long, green leaves develop from the top of the dome as the plant matures. Foliage can reach three feet in length indoors and double outdoors.
Ponytail Palms are popular houseplants due to their forgiving nature and lush long leaves. Known as the easiest “palm” to grow indoors, these easy-to-care-for plants don’t require much to grow beautifully. Ponytail Palms are happiest in bright spots and prefer indirect sunlight, however they can be acclimated to full sun exposure. The soil can be kept fairly dry, allow the top two inches of soil to dry completely between watering's since the bulbous trunk stores the plants water source. Ponytail Palms are great for plant parents who don’t have as much time to spend on their plants as they would like.
Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.
The Ponytail Palm prefers to have as much natural light as possible. Place in a bright location where it will receive plenty of indirect sunlight.
The bulbous stem of the Ponytail Palm naturally stores water making it a drought tolerant plant. We suggest watering once every 2-3 weeks and allowing the soil to drain and dry.
Native to the arid climate of Eastern Mexico, the Ponytail Palm prefers temperatures above 65º F.
A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.