Ponytail Palm: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Plant for Your Home

Ponytail Palm: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Plant for Your Home

Are you looking for a unique plant that will add a tropical vibe to your home?  PLANTZ has the plant for you: the Ponytail Palm!  This stylish plant doesn’t crave a lot of attention from its plant parents. But it does love to be in the spotlight!

Definition of Ponytail Palm

 Ponytail Palms, also known as the Beaucarnea recurvata or Elephant Foot Plant, is not really a palm at all!  It’s what PLANTZ likes to call a “tweener”.  It looks like palm (Arecaceae) and is in the same family as a Dracaena (Asparagaceae), but is really in a league of its own, because ultimately it is more like a succulent.  Native to eastern Mexico, the Ponytail Palm has become a popular houseplant due to its low-maintenance care requirements and rather unique appearance.

The Ponytail Palm features a trunk that becomes swollen and enlarged or bulbous at the bottom, resembling an elephant’s foot (hence the nickname).  The swelling is due to the plant retaining and storing extra water for the dry season, making it drought tolerant and a great option for new plant parents who may be a little forgetful at first about watering plants.  The lush green leaves of the Ponytail Palm are long and slender and grow in a cascading fashion from the top of the trunk, kind of like a ponytail.

The leaves of the Ponytail Palm are usually around 2-3 feet long and can grow in a range of different directions.  Some grow straight up, while others may twist or curl.  Its unique appearance makes it a popular choice for indoor plant owners as it adds a touch of character to any space. Don’t be surprised If you encounter a Ponytail Palm with multiple heads.  Most Ponytail Palms have a single main stem; however, they will sometimes have multiple heads with leaves on them.  Ponytail Palms from PLANTZ are single stem and single head plants that won’t require any pruning of the stem.

In addition to its unique appearance, the Ponytail Palm is super easy to care for.  Because this plant stores water in its trunk, it is drought tolerant and can go for long periods of time without being watered.  You do need to make sure you do not overwater this plant as it can cause root rot.  Ponytail Palms love bright light and do best in a south, east, or west facing window.

While this plant will adapt to lower light conditions, it’s better to err on the side of caution and give the plant as much bright, indirect sunlight as possible.  It’s a good idea to keep the leaves of this plant clean since it relies on the leaves to capture sunlight for photosynthesis, but be careful when cleaning it.  These plants have tiny serrations on the edge of the leaves and can irritate your hands.  The best practice for cleaning is to use a towel with light soapy water, or better yet, stick it in the shower and give it a good rinse.

Importance of finding the right plant for your home

When it comes to adding plants to your home décor, there are few as eye-catching as the Ponytail Palm.  With its swollen trunk, cascading leaves, and ponytail-like look, it’s no wonder this plant has become an indoor favorite.  However, finding the right plant for your home is important if you want to ensure the plants’ health and longevity.  It’s difficult to adapt your home to your plants, but it is easy to shop for lush plants that will thrive in the conditions present in your home.  Two considerations should come into play when shopping for plants for your home:  space and light.

One of the first things to consider when looking for the right plant for your home is the amount of space available for your plant.  While Ponytail Palms can grow quite tall, they are also available in smaller sizes that make it more suitable for indoor spaces.  These plants are slow growers, so buying small will ensure you have enough time to adjust for any growth over the years.

Lighting conditions in your home play a crucial role in maintaining the health of your plant.  If you have space in your home that provides bright, indirect light, the Ponytail Palm is the right choice for you!  While it may survive in lower light conditions, it will thrive in bright, indirect light.  Who wants just an ok plant?  Give your Ponytail Palm bright light and watch it steal the show.

Factors to consider when selecting a Ponytail Palm

Once you have determined that the Ponytail Palm is right for you and your home, it’s time to find the perfect plant!  Keep in mind the following tips to ensure you select the right Ponytail Palm for you:

  • Check the leaves: Look for a plant with firm, upright leaves that are a vibrant green.  Avoid plants with yellow or droopy leaves, as this may be a sign of stress or disease.
  • Check he trunk: The trunk of a Ponytail Palm should be sturdy and straight, without any signs of damage or rot.  If the trunk is soft or spongy to the touch, this is evidence of disease or poor health.
  • Check the roots: If possible, gently lift the plant out of its container to check the root system.  Healthy roots should be firm and white or light brown in color.  Avoid plants with mushy or brown roots, as this could indicate root rot, which can kill your plant.
  • Look for new growth: Healthy Ponytail Palms will produce new growth from the center of the plant.  You want to find a plant with fresh, new leaves emerging from the center of the head.
  • Choose the right size: Ponytail Palms vary in size from small tabletop plants to large outdoor trees that can reach heights of 30 feet.  Since these plants are slow growers, make sure you choose a plant that is appropriate for the space you have available in your home.
  • Buy from a reputable source: PLANTZ specializes in providing healthy, high-quality plants for people’s homes.  Our plants are fully fed when you receive it and are provided with enough food for 6 months after the plant has shipped.  They come free of pests and disease and are ready to become the focal point in their new home.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palms are not only popular for indoor settings, but they can also thrive outdoors.  There are some important factors to consider when deciding whether to grow them inside or outside:

  • Lighting: Once again, lighting is a key factor when choosing whether to put your new Ponytail Palm inside or outside.  Indoor Ponytail Palms prefer bright, indirect light, while outdoor Ponytail Palms can tolerate full sun to partial shade.  If you choose indoors, it’s important to reiterate that the plant should be placed near a window that receives plenty of light throughout the day.
  • Temperature: Ponytail Palms are native to desert environments and prefer warm temperatures.  Indoor plants should be kept in a room with mild to warm temperatures.  Outdoor plants are going to be exposed to more temperature fluctuations than indoor plants.  Therefore, if you live in a cold, wintery climate, outdoor Ponytail Palms may not be the solution for you.
  • Size: Ponytail Palms can get to heights of 30 feet outdoors.  That is not ideal for most indoor spaces.  Fortunately, these are slow growing plants that can live for decades.  Buy small for your space and let it grow and fill in the gaps over time.
  • Maintenance: While Ponytail Palms are low maintenance plants in general, their care differs depending on whether they are indoor or outdoor plants.  Dry indoor air may cause the soil to dry out faster than outdoors, requiring less time between watering.  Outdoor Ponytail Palms may burn through nutrients faster if they are in direct sunlight and may require more frequent feedings.  Keep an eye on your plant, it will tell you when it is not receiving the care it needs.
  • Aesthetics: Take into consideration the overall look of the plant and how it will fit into your décor.  If you are looking to add a tropical vibe to your space, then an indoor Ponytail Palm may be the right choice.  If you’re looking for a tropical focal point for your garden that your neighbors will be envious of for years to come, then a well-established Ponytail Palm will suit that need.

Ultimately, the decision to grow your Ponytail Palm indoors or outdoors will depend on your specific environment and preferences.  Both will thrive with proper care and attention, an both will be a wonderful addition to your space.

Benefits of owning a Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palms are popular houseplants for a variety of reasons.  Here are some of the main benefits of owning a Ponytail Palm:

  • Air purification: These are one of the top plants for air purification.  Their long leaves are great at removing carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen.  They also improve air quality by removing harmful toxins like benzene and xylene.
  • Reduce stress: By purifying the air and releasing extra oxygen, Ponytail Palms also play a role in reducing stress.  Inhaling deep breaths of clean, fresh air is a great way to reduce your blood pressure and bring a sense of calm into your space.
  • Unique appearance: With their distinctive palm-like shape and long, curly leaves, Ponytail Palms are a striking addition to any space.  Whether used as a small tabletop plant or a large outdoor tree, the Ponytail Palm is sure to bring in the compliments.  Plus, they fit into just about every décor theme and scheme.
  • Great investment: Ponytail Palms have long lifespans and are low maintenance, making them a great long-term investment in your health by reducing stress and cleaning the air.
  • Symbolic meaning: Some cultures believe the Ponytail Palm brings luck and prosperity into the home, and others see it as a symbol of resilience and strength, making it a great gift for friends and family!


Are you ready to add the Ponytail Palm to your home?  Then PLANTZ has the plant for you!  They offer two types of Ponytail Palms, both in grow pots:  a 2-3 foot plant or a 3-4 foot plant.  Choose the one that will work best in your available space.  Shop online with PLANTZ today and Invest in a new plant best friend!

F.A.Q.s  –

  1. Where can I find a Ponytail Palm? The best place to buy a Ponytail Palm is online with PLANTZ. The quality of their plants is unmatched, just like their customer service.
  2. How are Ponytail Palms low maintenance? Ponytail Palms are native to arid landscapes.  Their trunks store water.  This plant is very forgiving if you forget to water it.  As a matter of fact, less is better.  Ignore this plant and watch it thrive!  It’s only sticking point is that in order for it to be as lush and vibrant as possible, it does need to have access to bright, indirect light.
  3. Are Ponytail Palms toxic? Ponytail Palms are non-toxic to dogs and cats.  They do have slightly serrated edges, so be careful when handling.
  4. Can Ponytail Palms be grown I containers? Yes!  Ponytail Palms make excellent indoor plants.  Choose a pot with good drainage and use a well-draining potting mix.
  5. Can I grow a Ponytail Palm outdoors? Yes!  They make excellent additions to outdoor landscapes.  When out of a container, they can reach heights of 30 feet!
  6. Do I need to prune my Ponytail Palm?  PLANTZ provides single head Ponytail Palms, so no pruning of the stem will be necessary.  If the leaves get brown tips, use sharp scissors to cut off those tips.  If the whole leave goes brown, the best practice is to remove the whole leaf at the stem.