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Old November 13th, 2010, 01:44 PM
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Default Ponytail Help

I know a ponytail palm isn't in the palm family, but the look alike
forum wasn't very busy and I'm new here so I apologize if this
needs to get moved there.

I have this Ponytail palm I got in the beginning of summer and only
today found out I should water it every 14 days. So I'm going to
make that adjustment as I was watering it probably once a week.

It's been sitting outside all summer but with it getting cold in
Kansas City MO I've bought it inside and I have very little access
for light to this plant. So maybe it just needs more light and I gotta
figure out what to do about that.

The pot I got it in doesn't have any natural drainage and I'd like to
find out if I need to re-pot it and or what else I can do to keep it
happy. Please see the pictures of it below. Maybe it's in good shape,
but there's a lot of brown so I'm worried.

Thanks
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Old December 7th, 2010, 09:13 PM
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Old December 8th, 2010, 12:09 AM
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Default Ponytail Palm Tree Problems, No Problem!

Its okay, no worries, the ponytail even though it appears its going through a rough time, it, meaning the leaves and appearance, looks very healthy and vivid green. So it doesn't look like a fertilizer problem or insect problem, both can cause irreversible damage. I think the bringing in and out caused the ponytail to go through something called transplant shock, meaning the removal of a plant from its natural habitat, outside, to its new habitat inside. Its like taking someone from Hawaii and dropping them off in Alaska, they aren't going to like it but they are going to get used to it, they might not look so good getting used to it but at least they wont die. That's the idea i think behind the situation you have with your ponytail. I sent an email to IthinkIknow in Georgia, and I think he knows everything : ) about plants and palms so hopefully he can respond to you with an exact, but for now I think the moving and transitioning may have brought the palm down.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 01:13 PM
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Default Pontail Palm Problem is maybe the AC or overwatering

Back in the 1920's they tried to introduce the Air conditioner, however another company called it atmospheric conditioner. I think that is should be called atmospheric conditioner because that's what it does, it changes the atmosphere to cold hot cleans the air etc... Anyways, when you bring in a plant from the outside and introduce it to AC, thats what the picture of the ponytail palm looks like. The Ac ***** in moisture in order for it to change the climate within a home, so it would be advisable to spray or lightly mist a plant that has come from outside in for a week or two, to ease the transplant shock to the ponytail palm. Since you said that you think you have over watered the ponytail by watering it too much throughout the week, and yet it still has browning leaf tips and crinkling, then yes the AC is drying out the ponytail palm or the over watering. The ponytail needs to be watered maybe once a week and make sure the soil is saturated or moist. If you put a cup of water into your ponytail and it runs directly into the holding area underneath it, then the soil is probably not moist and it didnt stay saturated. So as long as you keep the ponytail palm soil moist and saturated and then let it dry out. The ponytail will become better looking. By the way, the ponytail palm looks very healthy even though it is crinkling up at the ends. Ponytail palm trees are very resilient and will adapt to almost any environment. The bulge you see is where the ponytail palm stores its water content and because of the storage trunk of the ponytail palm you could forget to water it for weeks even months and it will still be alive, it might not be ion the best shape but at least it will be alive, that's whats great about the ponytail palm and spindle palm and bottle palm, they all have large areas or water storage. Well let me know what happens with your ponytail palm.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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Default Problems with Ponytail Palm Tree.. No problem!

Thanks Ithinkyouknow for responding to my email... I also think you are right about the AC problem and the ponytail just having a hard time adjusting to its new environment.

I once had a large ponytail palm and I ended up giving it to a friend and now its so large and that he wants it out of his yard.lol. It takes up to much room he says.lol. I told him good luck with that!

So word to the wise, be careful not to plant a ponytail palm tree in your front yard, it might over grow your front yard. lol
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Old December 15th, 2010, 12:23 PM
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Default Ponytail Drought tolerant.

Ponytail palm is also called the Elephant palm tree. The reason for its huge round base is because of its water storing abilities. The Ponytail palm can go with out watering for months at a time. Watering should be the least of your worries. Try checking out the other foliage you may have around that may be affecting the ponytail palm. Any way you can attach some photos to better help you.

Try using a fungicide and some fertilizing. You should be okay.
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