Repotting & Top Dressing My Ponytail Palm
Ponytail Palms and lizards go hand in hand – both love sunshine and warm temps. I bought it years ago as a little young’un in a 4″ pot.
To the left you see the second pot my little Ponytail Palm was growing in. I repotted it once more a few of years ago and now it was time for its fourth repotting adventure.
I decided to make it a little fancy pants and top dress it with turquoise rock to go the whole shell theme thang going on.
There’s a seafest on my front patio now!
Ponytail Palms are as tough as can be and very easy to repot if they’re not too big.
I have a larger, 3-headed specimen on my office patio and it’s quite heavy. Here are a few pointers if you ever need to repot your Ponytail Palm:
They grow slowly but need a pot large enough to hold its bulbous base.
That bulb stores water so as the plant grows, so does the bulb. You need to be a muscle man to lift a large, specimen Ponytail.
They are not palms.
They’re in the Asparagus family but act more like succulents as they are drought tolerant. They store water in that round base.
Plant them in an organic succulent and cactus mix.
They need to stay on the dry side. Also, make sure the drainage is excellent.
Ponytails don’t need fertilizer.
I amend at planting time with organic compost and worm castings. Twice a year I water in some manure tea. Read about my worm compost/compost feeding right here.
Never sink the bulbous base lower than its existing soil line.
Leave the root ball up about an inch or so higher than you want it – the weight of the plant will pull it down in the light planting mix.
I leave it dry for about a week & then thoroughly water it in.
I top dressed it a month after repotting it. I wanted it to settle in before bedecking it with the turquoise rock.
Here’s what the pot looked like before it was whisked off to my craft table for a transformation.
Check back in a couple days because my next post is all about how I painted and decorated it. The shells on the pot are the same as those used in my wind chimes. As you will see in the video below, this Ponytail Palm was very root bound and now has room to grow. I hope the lizards like it!
Top Dressing The Ponytail Palm
Repotting A Ponytail Palm & How To Care For It
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