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Can anyone ID this plant?

Posted by Johndebever none (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 3, 13 at 7:26


I recently acquired this plant from my workplace. Now I was wondering which plant this is and how to best take care of it. It's a really special looking plant and I want to make sure it stays that way.

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Can anyone ID this plant?

Beaucarnia, Ponytail

RE: Can anyone ID this plant?

Give it morning sun. Long lived plant. I started mine about 30 years ago. Gets about 6 hours am sun. Let it dry between waterings

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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 3, 13 at 22:21

These days it's being called Nolina.

RE: Can anyone ID this plant?

Nice plant but it could definately do with a larger pot. It has many shallow fiberous roots, so it doesn't need a deep pot. Best pots I have found are 6-8inches deep, and as wide as possible, which allows the fabulous swollen trunk to develop. Use potting compost which is free draining, such as those for cacti and succulents It does love plenty of light, though.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures

RE: Can anyone ID this plant?

check in at the houseplant forum ...

in my experience.. repotting such a top heavy plant.. can be problematic ... as once you disturb the it... and place it in loose airy media... it has a tendency to fall over ... its not like you can drive a stake or two.. thru the floor to hold it up.. until it settles in ...

you might want to contemplate your heating system.. and the effects of dry indoor winter air on such ... in other words.. think about hot air ducts or however you heat the house in winter ... unfortunately for most of us... the window that provides the light.. has a heat resister right under it ...

it might help in the future to mention you are in NL ....

and dont be surprised.. if you recently moved it from office to home.. that it might be stressed.. and some of the older.. lower leaves/fronds.. might yellow/brown ... its adjusting to the insult of the move itself.. and the new micro climate you have stuck it in ... all plants lose their oldest leaves.. and on this type of plant.. those would be the lowest on the trunk ..... i would call such normal.. increased/complicated by the stress of the move ..

good luck ...


ps: if that pot does actually have drainage.. and you water it so much.. you stain the wooden floor.. you are probably over-watering it to the max ..... personally i would have a mat under it to protect the floor ....

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