The gorgeous Ponytail Palm falls under the succulent houseplants, not palm! Although it has the appearance of a palm and does appreciate bright light like one, they thrive in dry conditions. The Ponytail Palm is drought tolerant, slow-growing, and easy to care for. It also makes for a good outdoor plant in the summer months.
Ponytail Palm's will appreciate a nice spot that will allow it to soak up a lot of sunlight. They can tolerate full sun throughout the day but will also thrive in bright indirect light. This palm is a very forgiving plant and will be okay in bright light for half the year and low light for the rest. Ponytail palms can be kept outside in the summer months and it will be okay in lower light for the winter.
Since the Ponytail Palm is technically a succulent, they like to dry out completely before its next water. That could look like every 2-3 weeks in the spring and summer, and more sparingly in the winter.
Humidity & Temp
Because Ponytail Palms likes dry conditions, extra humidity isn’t necessary. They do best in temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilizer. Ponytail Palms will only need to be watered once in the spring time and once in the summer, totaling to twice a year! Do not fertilize in the winter or fall.
Ponytail Palms love to grow in a succulent/cacti mix. These mixtures are sold at almost anywhere regular potting soil is sold but making a mixture is an option, too. Simply mix one part potting soil, one part perlite, and one part sand to create a soil mixture the Ponytail Palm will love!
Yes, this plant is 100% pet friendly!
Tips of your ponytail palm turning brown?
The Ponytail Palm is sensitive to injury and tends to turn brown on the tips. This is most likely from underwatering. Simply take some sharp scissors and cut off any brown tips you see. This won't harm the plant and will give it a greener look! Be sure to water more frequently if this is happening.