Ponytail Palm Care – How to Grow Beaucarnea Recurvata

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to care for, troubleshoot, and propagate this wonderful houseplant — let’s go!

In this guide, you'll learn exactly how to care for, troubleshoot, and propagate this wonderful houseplant — let's go!

The ponytail palm is a unique houseplant that — SURPRISE — isn’t a palm at all! It is actually a succulent, believe it or not.

It’s an excellent choice if you want to add a beautiful houseplant to your home without spending a lot of time caring for it. You can also grow it well as a bonsai!

Light

Because they’re native to sunny desert regions, ponytail palms flourish in bright light. However, they can tolerate some shade, but won’t grow as quickly.

Place them as close as you can to a west or east-facing windowsill where they’ll get plenty of light and be bathed in the desert heat that they’re used to.

Water

The root system of beaucarnea recurvatas are similar to that of a cactus. The plant’s roots push deep into the soil to store water through dry spells. Water is also stored in its wide base.

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