If you’re looking for a showstopper to enliven your space, look no further than this tousled beauty. Just as its name suggests, ponytail palms feature a mane of curly leaves sprouting every which way from a bulbous stem—almost like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Because of their playful looks, ponytail palms make an arresting foil in otherwise clean-lined interiors. They can also inject a jungle vibe when displayed among other lush greenery. Try them as a focal point on a table, a fun pop on a bookshelf, a bit of color in the corner—or, really, anywhere you want a wild touch of nature in your sights.
How To Keep A Ponytail Palm Plant Happy
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How Do I know When To Water My Ponytail Palm Plant?
Think of your ponytail palm like a cactus—that’s how much water it needs. Which is to say, not much. That bulbous trunk conveniently stores H2O, so your plant can go about 2 weeks between waterings; a plant moisture indicator can help figure out when it’s thirsty.
Your ponytail palm will arrive potted in its favorite well-draining soil, so all it needs is the saucer emptied of any excess water after a drink, and that should keep it happy.
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What Is a Ponytail Palm Plant's Ideal Environment?
Ponytail palms like that desert vibe. The dry, warm air of most interiors (65° to 75° F) will suit it perfectly. But remember, they’re not big fans of humidity or drafts, so avoid putting one in the bathroom or next to an air vent.
How to Address Common Ponytail Palm Plant Issues
If you’re under- or overwatering your ponytail palm, you may see some brown, dead leaf tips. And if you’re really overwatering it, the base of the plant will develop dark, shriveled areas that indicate it has stem rot.
Occasionally, spider mites may take up residence on a ponytail palm. You’ll see pale leaves with pinprick dots and a web-like material on the undersides. If you suspect you have this issue, you can use neem oil, insecticidal soap, or hot pepper spray to kill the mites.
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