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How to Plant a Ponytail Palm

By Nell Foster ; Updated September 21, 2017

Planting a ponytail palm is something that you can do first by growing it in a pot until it is ready for other locations. Plant a ponytail palm with help from an experienced professional gardener on a mission to make gardening stylish, fun and simple in this free video clip.


I'm Nell Foster, and this is show to plant a ponytail palm. This very slow growing plant which actually grows in my front yard, here in Santa Barbara, California, is actually not a palm. it's in the asparagus family and it's a very, very tough plant. So, this palm was actually growing in this pot for three years and I could tell that it was due for some re-potting. So, this is a great time to do it. I used a mix of cactus mix and potting soil. You can use straight cactus mix, if you want, just make sure it's a very well draining soil. And I put enough soil in to the level I want to raise it up. As you can see, there's quite a lot of root on here. I'm going to break this up a bit and then, put in there. I'm going to leave it slightly up above because the plant itself is heavy. And then, it's going to sink down a little bit. And then, I'm going to go in and I'm going to fill around with all that mix. And you never want to bury the bulb up to here. If the soil level was here, keep the soil level here or higher. And then, after it's done, I'm going to go ahead and put some of this beautiful decorative rock on the top. This ponytail palm was root bound as you can see and the cells of the roots need oxygen to grow. So, now it's going to be a lot happier in this pot. I'm going to keep it dry for about five days to a week, because they like to be dry. And then, it's all set to go.


About the Author

Nell Foster is an experienced professional gardener on a mission to make gardening stylish, fun and simple.