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Beaucarnea recurvata “Ponytail Palm”

Latin name

Beaucarnea recurvata


(“bo-CAR-nee-ah ree-kurv-AH-ta”)

Common name

Beaucarnea recurvata



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Ponytail Palm, or Beaucarnea recurvata, is an easy-care houseplant. This species’ most distinctive feature is its swollen stem base, which may reach two metres in diameter. This is topped by a whorl of thin, green, pendulous leaves that have a graceful arching habit, and which may be up to two metres long. It is a slow growing species, and some examples are known to be over 350 years old. Mature plants can produce a swollen base that can grow up to two metres in diameter. So much moisture can be stored in the tissues of the plant that it can survive for several months without water in the wild. Its unusual shape and wide spread of its canopy means that this plant should be displayed on its own. Like Yuccas and Dracaenas, it can be made to branch by cutting the tip off the plant – whorls of new leaves (which eventually fuse to form the stem or branch) emerge from dormant buds that break once the top is removed.

All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Medium high – high


The soil should be moist and allowed to dry out a little between watering. If you forget to water, don’t worry – it will go several weeks without suffering.


Not necessary unless a branch is out of shape or growing in the wrong place. If you remove a branch, new growth will appear below the where you cut the old growth off.


Needs very little in the way of fertilizer – a weak solution in the water every time you water the plant will be all that is needed.

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs, scale insects and two-spotted spider mite may sometimes appear, but they are easily removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel. Over watered plants and those kept in humid places are prone to fungal infections such as mildew or Botrytis.

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CM22 6AA

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