Ponytail palm with bent leaves

country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)October 20, 2012

Hi, i have a ponytail palm at my office. I water it about every 3 weeks. Noticed that some leaves are starting to bend sharply about 2 inches away from the main stalk. I'm not getting that lovely fountain effect. Otherwise seems very healthy. Any ideas? Should i just prune all of the lower bent leaves?

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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

If theyre just bent I cant see a problem other than one of aesthetics! Ive never had one of these so I cant really visualise what you mean.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 5:30PM
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country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)

I'll try to post a picture next week. Yes, I agree it might just be aesthetics, but isn't aesthetics driving most of our decisions about our plants?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 5:42PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Err, kinda but Id never let aesthetics come first. Ive had some plants that many would consider ugly, but I love em!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 5:44PM
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Polly381(5/6)

aren't there curly leaf ponytail palms? I swear I seen some.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 6:09PM
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country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)

I may not be clear. Some of the leaves are sharply CREASED and thus have stayed bent. As far as i know, no one has creased the leaves while i wasn't looking.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 7:14PM
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Polly381(5/6)

oh I see, hmmm certainly strange. At least to me.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 7:35PM
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tropicbreezent

Will be good to see some photos to get a better idea.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 2:49AM
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summersunlight(5b)

Without having seen the plant, my theory would be that maybe the plant isn't getting strong enough light and therefore the leaves are growing in too weak to support themselves? I could imagine that etiolated foliage might bend like that.
Just a thought. What kind of light is it getting?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:49AM
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Polly381(5/6)

Summer, that could be, I believe they have full sun or bright light requirements

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 3:31PM
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country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)

the bent leaves are in the middle layer. it is my office plant and it may need more light. I've had it for close to two years. I did a lot of research before selecting a ponytail palm and thought that it could thrive in an office environment.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 9:55AM
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elichka(6b)

is it glued rocks on top or you potted in bonsai pot yourself? Glued rocks are bad for the plant, you don't know the state of the roots.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:12AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Are we sure this is ponytail palm? Looks a little like Pregnant Onion to me (Ornithogalum)

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 3:03PM
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lenle(4)

Larry - I'm almost sure this is a PT. It looks like a couple I have. :)

Country - Your PT might be better off if it was put into a hanging pot or somehow elevated so there's a bit of clearance between the ends of the leaves and whatever you have it sitting on. I think the crimping in the leaf might be due to new growth pushing out, and the leaf pressing against the desk/table. It can't go through it, so it's bending at the weakest point.

Jeni

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 3:23PM
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birdsnblooms

Polly, you're right. While working at HD, one 5-6' long-very curly leaf PT was shipped to our store..It was the second prettiest PT I'd seen. 40.00. If I had more room, it would have moved in w/us. :)

Country..PT's are full-sun lovers, but I doubt your PT is without light.
When foliage grows 'x' long, leaves start to bend..bend isn't the correct word..When you first described your PT, I thought the leaves were lying down, or creased in the center.

Your PT looks great to me.

Larry...Pregnant Onions foliage is thicker than PT's.

Country has a B. Pony Tail. Toni

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 3:35PM
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country_in_the_city(9/15 CA)

thanks! I'll try to find a different spot to give the leaves room to hang down more. and no, the rocks aren't glued down in the pot.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 10:26AM
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