Ponytail Palm Care Guide

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Ponytail Palm Care Guide

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. 

  • Light
Your Ponytail Palm 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. Your palm is a very forgiving plant and will be okay in bright light for half the year and low light for the rest. If you want to keep it outside in the summer months, it will be okay in lower light for the winter. 

  • Water
Since your 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 your Ponytail Palm likes dry conditions, extra humidity isn’t necessary. They do best in temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees fahrenheit. 

Fertilizer: Your Ponytail Palm will only need to be watered once in the spring time and once in the summer, totalling to twice a year! Do not fertilize in the winter or fall. 

  • Soil

Your Ponytail Palm loves to grow in a succulent/cacti mix. These mixtures are sold at almost anywhere you can get regular potting soil but making your own mixtures is an option, too. Simply mix one part potting soil, one part perlite, and one part sand to creature a soil mixture your Ponytail Palm will love!


  • Pet Friendly? 

Yes, this plant is 100% pet friendly! 

  • Tips of your ponytail palm turning brown? 
Your 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 your plant and will give it a greener look! Be sure to water more frequently if this is happening.

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