Ponytail Palm help!

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  1. Shawna Toombs

    Shawna Toombs New Member

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    Hello, we have a ponytail palm at work that is over 40 years old, it was given to one of our Doctors when he started practicing! It is about 4 ft tall and the base is 2ft. The previous person neglected the tree and we are trying to get it back. We believe it was not watered for a long period, I have watered it weekly for about 4 weeks. But we also know it does not need a lot of water!
    You can see she used tap water and it did stain the base of the tree. I have been using distilled since that is what is in our water cooler. It still has a lot of green on it!! But is still turning brown! It does get a good amount of sun! At this point repotting is not an option!!! Thank you so much for your help!!
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Doesn't look too bad overall, it's just going to take some time and care. It still has a substantial amount of green leaves. Are you seeing new growth now that its regime has improved?
     
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    Thank you so much for your reply, no real new growth yet. It does seem to be perking up a little. I am lost on how often to water it. The office is super dry and it’s straight sun. I read like every 3 weeks, but that seems a little long. This plant means even more than ever now, our physician who’s plant it was past away today! I will not let it die in my watch!! Thanks again!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Monitor the situation and let us know if it takes a turn for the worse. Once its tissues are re-hydrated (and it is probably there now), you can dial back the water. Have a read here about its habitat, and consider that with respect to what the plant needs: Beaucarnea recurvata - Wikipedia -- 8 months without water sometimes, and growing in places with excellent drainage.
     

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