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Ponytail palm

Posted by Lysslie MN (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 25, 13 at 13:34

My curly ponytail that I've had for a few years became a favorite snack of my kitten. I chopped off the brown, eaten leaves which left this pathetic looking plant. It also doesn't get nearly the light it should since I moved to the north side of a duplex. I've seen threads that say I can chop the top off and save my plant (I'll be buying a house this year and all my plants will be much happier!) but I'm confused as to where I should make the cut? Should I cut all the way down by the base or right below the first leaves?

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RE: Ponytail palm

Personally, the only thing I would do is put it in a smaller pot. I think it looks fine, otherwise, and new leaves will grow in, returning it to it's former glory.


RE: Ponytail palm

As Nancy said, leaving it alone but for a smaller pot is best now. If you're beheading it (which usually leads to multiple heads, that's best done in the spring, when Beaucarnea recurvata begins its main growth cycle.

My cat Zoe does the same to the same plant, but as she also catches mice I consider it a somewhat unfair trade.

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