I Finally Repotted My Huge Ponytail Palm!!!

Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, VirginiaMay 19, 2013

Hello Everyone!!

I kept looking at this Ponytail Palm and i knew it was more than due for a rootprune and repot, but i just kept putting it off... The size of the tree and the weight of the container has played a large part in putting this project off. So... I decided to tackle this "bad boy.." yesterday.... What a job!!

My son was home yesterday, so i asked him to move this heavy container and help me lift it . You can see how rootbound it was and in need of a trim. I know most of you all would say that it needs a larger container, but i am not willing to go any larger. This container is big enough and very heavy, so this baby will stay outside in the greenhouse during the winter.

I decided to repot in the 5-1-1 instead of the Gritty Mix due to the weight issue. This tree does very well here in Virginia Beach, so i know it will be happy with any attention at all!! ;-)

Here are some pictures that i took during the process.

My son, LOL.. said he would stand beside the tree only to help reference how large the tree is. He is 6 ft tall .

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!!!

Ponytail before ...

out of the container..

close up..

cutting off some of the root mass..

removed some of the soil from the Caudex

removing the soill from the rootball

had to move to continue the removal of the soil... DH worried about the pool!! lol..

final close up of the Caudex raised and the final pictures of the repotted Ponytail Palm.

Finally!! I think i can hear it saying.. 'Ahhhhh... Thank you.." ;-)

Hope you all have a great day!!!


This post was edited by loveplants2 on Sun, May 19, 13 at 22:09

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

That is some heavy and excellent work, Laura!
I love seeing re-potting....and congested roots being freed again. Well done!


    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:08PM
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That's a very pretty tree!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 4:46PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Josh!!!

Thank for the kind comments!

This was a project that I kept putting off until I finally felt so bad looking at the massive roots in this container. It is a great feeling to know it is free of all of the congestion and the huge roots circling around the container.

I feel better and I am sure the tree is very happy now that it can continue to grow and thrive in the same home, but with more room to grow.

So nice to see you and thank you for your comments! ;-)

Uaskigyrl... Thank you ! I love this tree too!

Take Care,


    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 3:59PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Way to go! Now I know there is nothing you should balk at repotting. That was quite a feat! I'm anxious to see how much faster it grows, now that you've taken the chains off it's feet. ;-)


    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:26PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Al!

It is actually looking more active and showing signs of more growth already after only a week since I did all of this root work! You are right about not worrying about root pruning anything now... Lol. Thanks to you and your wonderful post, I feel very confident about working with all of my trees,

Thank you for everything that you have taught me and others here on the forums. I am truly grateful!

Have a great holiday weekend Al!

Take care,


    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 1:46PM
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