Hailing from Mexico, Beaucarnea Recurvata or the pony tail palm, with its distinctive swollen base is actually fairly hardy but is best grown as an indoor or patio plant in the summer. The sprays of arching ribbon like leaves, up to 3 feet long, do indeed remind one of the said pony's tail. In its habitat a small tree, but in a pot it will stay of manageable size. Mature specimens produce creamy white flowers. Sunny or well lit position. A curious but lovely thing. Well drained soil. To 6 feet (slowly!) in a pot. 14cm pot.
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Sometimes also billed as Nolina Recurvata, the pony tail palm is not a true palm, but a tough form of succulent which has adapted to thrive in its native habitat of semi-desert areas of Mexico. The swollen caudex at the base of the trunk is a key factor in this, as it retains water, often spreading quite widely, hence the other common name of Elephant's Foot.
It's an easy plant to grow as an indoor specimen, requiring minimal attention. Just water it (but don't over do it) when the compost is dry in summer and leave it pretty much alone in the winter, unless you have it in a warm room, when occasional watering would be wise. If any leaves go brown, just tear them off at the base.
Air humidity isn't an issue either with this easy-going plant. Given its origins, it's geared to cope with dry atmospheric conditions, so a centrally heated environment won't worry it in the slightest.
Repotting isn't needed every year; give it a bigger pot every few seasons and your Beaucarnea will be perfectly happy.
Please note that we normally have Beaucarnea available in large 5 litre decorative pots: due to size, these are only available for collection at the nursery or for local delivery.
Beaucarnea Recurvata is a tender evergreen shrub with a woody trunk with a swollen base and arching ribbon like foliage suitable as a houseplant or patio plant.