Ponytail palm tree has become a popular houseplant in recent years and it is easy to see why. Having a bulb-like trunk and lush, long curly leaves make it visually stunning; and the fact that a ponytail palm is forgiving and easy to care for makes this an ideal houseplant for many people. The common characteristics of this plant include a bulbous trunk, which is used to store water, and its long, hair-like leaves that grow from the top of the trunk like a ponytail, giving the plant its renowned name.
However a ponytail palm tree is neither a palm nor a tree. It is in fact a member of the Agave family which makes it a succulent. Some of the common names for this plant include bottle palm tree or elephant foot tree. Ponytail palms prefer bright light but if you keep it in low light conditions half the year and provide bright light conditions the other half the year, it will be perfectly happy. This means that as long as you place it outdoors in the summer, it will tolerate any indoor light conditions you keep it in during the winter.
Because ponytail palm care requires a dry soil growing medium, it is best to let them get root bound before repotting and when you do repot them, use a pot that is only an inch or two wider than the previous pot. If you repot them into a larger pot, they can get too much water at once, which can damage their growth and health.
A general guideline is to fertilize your plant once every 3 or 4 weeks. If you see the tips of the leaves start to turn brown, then you’re using too much fertilizer. Ponytail palm care is very easy and growing ponytail palms as a houseplant is a great way to add a stunning and visually interesting plant to almost any room and during the warmer months they provide excellent focal points and accent to outdoor living areas.