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Ponytail Palm shoots/growth problem.

Posted by mehawkes (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 13, 07 at 5:40

I adopted a Ponytail palm a few months ago in a healthy seeming condition. It has long (18-24") shoots coming from each of its three heads. I assumed that these were some sort of flower like you get with grasses. However, as these 'shoots' spring from the middle of the head there is nowhere for new leaves to sprout from. Old leaves are dying off at a slow but steady rate and so the foliage is beginning to look a bit thin. What should I do?

The plant stands 4' high (6' including the longest shoot) and is in a 10" diameter pot. I understand that I am not supposed to water too often as it is winter here in London and sunlight hours are short. The ends of the leaves are dried out and curled up.

Many thanks in advance for any advice.


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RE: Ponytail Palm shoots/growth problem.

  • Posted by rjj1 Norman OK Zone7 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 13, 07 at 8:17

I don't let mine stay dry long like I do a cactus. Once soil is completely dry it gets watered thoroughly.

randy


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RE: Ponytail Palm shoots/growth problem.

I don't let mine stay dry for long. Also its normal for leaves to turn brown, on mine I just keep them trimmed up. They also like to be in a small pot in comparison to the rest of the plant. Mine has not done what you're describing but sounds like a possible flower/seed pod shoots. Might try giving it more water and a little fertilizer.

Would love to see a pic of it.


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RE: Ponytail Palm shoots/growth problem.

Hi. Thanks for your advice. I've put a photo on the 'Name that Plant' page.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo on 'Name That Plant' page


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RE: Ponytail Palm shoots/growth problem.

Looks like it is flowering....cut the flower stem off when it is finished. It should be fine....


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