Identification: What is this plant?

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by Sandra75, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Sandra75

    Sandra75 Active Member

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    I bought this plant just last week. I havent re-pot it yet because I don't know its name and what care it need. Anyone would know? I can provide more pics if it will help. Thank you!
     

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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Ponytail palm... :) (Beaucarnea recurvata)
     
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    Is it really a ponytail? I thought the 'body' of the ponytail was more of a onion shape?!
     
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    Yep, it's a ponytail.
     
  5. joclyn

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    yes, that's a ponytail palm. (not really a palm).

    it's pretty darn old, too!! at least 20 years.

    they only have the very deliniated 'bulb' when they're very young.
     
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    Thanks Joclyn, I didnt know that. 20 years!!! and still in a 5 inch pot at the store. How big should I go with its new pot? Am guessing a sunny warm location is what it need.
     
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    i wouldn't go larger than an inch or two inches larger than the rootball/caudex.
     
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    Joclyn, thanks for the info. If you don't mind, why just a inche or 2 more? And not way more to give more room for the roots? I don't understand. Also, do some plants need to be in over 2 inches increase in pot size for repotting?
     
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    If you pot up too far then there will be alot of soil without roots that will hold water and set up conditions for root rot. Especially considering that ponytails dont like things too wet, this plant may suffer if the pot is too large.
     
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    If you want a lot more information on this plant, then check out the Caudiciform and Pachycaul Tree forum. We have a photo gallery, culture guides, as well as several discussion threads.

    Mark
     
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    Wow, I've learned quite a lot just on this one posting! Thanks everyone!
     
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    Super!!! thanks!! :)
     

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