Beautiful pony tail palm tree pictures. Tips for growing Beaucarnea recurvata trees as indoor house plants. Where to buy an elephant's foot palm.
The pony tail palm has many aliases: bottle palm, elephant’s foot palm,nolina, monja... The funny thing is that it’s not a palm at all. It’s a caudiciform.
Caudiciforms are usually slow growing succulent plants (referred to by collectors, as “fat plants”) that form a bulbous water storage organ—or caudex-- at their bases.
They are often collected and displayed for these unusual caudeces. For display purposes, the caudex is always partially above ground. Most caudiforms have small root systems-- most of their water is stored in the caudex.
The pony tail palm is often collected because of its “elephant foot” base in which it can store water for as long as a year!
I don’t mean to encourage you to go that long between waterings.
The pony tail palm's scientific name is Beaucarnea recurvata and it is native to the Mexican desert. This makes it a good houseplant. It can tolerate the dry heat found inside a house in the winter.
The white Impatiens growing around the base of this small elephant's foot palm tree make a pretty groundcover without completely hiding the interesting caudex.
In most places, the pony tail palm is a tropical house plant. Here, you see it growing in the front yard of a home in Ormond Beach, Florida. The coastal location is warm enough to keep it from freezing over the winter.
The weeping growth habit of its grass-like leaves will lend an air of tropical drama to any room.
Ponytail palm tree growing in a pot at Pinewood Estate in Lake Wales, Fl.
Notice how long this plant's "tresses" are compared to the plant in the image just above.
In its natural habitat, the pony tail palm tree can reach the towering height of 30 feet.
Grown indoors, it is only likely to stretch to 7 feet or so—and it will take many years to get there.
If you wish to grow a pony tail palm plant indoors, plant it in a pot just large enough to comfortably accommodate the root ball.
As it grows, shift it into larger pots. Only go up one size at a time.
A Beaucarnea recurvata in a pot too big for it is a recipe for rot.