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Ponytail palm with bent leaves

Posted by country_in_the_city 9/15 CA (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 20, 12 at 16:49

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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RE: Ponytail palm with bent leaves

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.


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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?


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


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


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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.


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


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


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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?


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


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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.


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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.


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


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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


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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.

Pregnant Onion

Pregnant Onion

Country has a B. Pony Tail. Toni


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RE: Ponytail palm with bent leaves

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.


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