I have a ponytail palm that is infested with mealy bugs. I can't get rid of them and the plant looks terrible. It may be dying. It is only about 2-3 feet tall. It was growing from two spots, one on each side at the top of the trunk when we got it. Absolutely gorgeous. It looks horrible now. What I'm wondering is...is it possible if I cut the growth off completely, will it grow new shoots again or is it a gonner? I'm just wondering if it would react like a dumb cane will. I know you can cut them off and they will start growing again...anyone?