Ponytail Palm – Beaucarnea Recurvata
Botanical Name: Beaucarnea Recurvata
Common Name: Ponytail Palm, Elephants Foot
- It is particularly good for indoor containers.
- As the trunk gradually elongates, the bulbous base swells in a curiously irregular manner.
- Its fountain of leaves becomes steadily denser as it matures.
- A slow grower that needs a dry climate, it can reach 6m in ideal conditions, so be careful where you plant it.
- The Ponytail Palm, also known as Beaucarnea Recurvata, or Nolina is a distinctive looking houseplant with a swollen thick brown stem at its base that stores water.
- The long narrow curly, dark green leaves flow up from this base much like a plume of water in a fountain.
- It hails natively from the dry regions of Mexico, and the ability to hold water in the bulbous trunk is an adaptation of coming from such an arid place.
- If growing well you could be repotting once a year. If conditions are not so good or you want to restrict the size of the plant, only repot every 2 or 3 years.
- Good light with some sun is preferred.
- Avoid shady and low light spots.
- Water well.