Ponytail palm

Scientific name:

Nolina recurvata / Beaucarnea recurvata

Did you know that the Ponytail palm is related to the well-known Agave and is also known as “Elephant foot tree”? This little plant is perfectly happy with very little care. In nature the bulbous stems grow into large plants shaped like an elephant's foot. The strappy green leaves sprouting from the bulbous stem will add a playful touch to your home.


Easy care tips

Ponytail palms are strong houseplants requiring very little care. They like a light spot, but they also tolerate shade. Preferably don't place them in direct sunlight.

Tips for your home 

The low maintenance demands make Ponytail palms very suitable for many different places in your home or working environment. You can for example also place them in the middle of a room, and even if you forget to water them from time to time they won’t mind.


Ponytail palms are native to Mexico, where they grow in dry, rocky soil.

Ideal position and temperature 

Ponytail palms will grow best in a light place away from direct sunlight. But you may also place your plant in a shady spot in the middle of a room. The indoor temperature may vary from 10°C to 30°C.

Water and fertilisers 

Ponytail palms are very hardy plants that don't need as much water as other plants. The tough leaves don't evaporate much water and the plants store a supply of water in their bulbous stem. So always allow the soil to dry out before watering your plant again. But don't forget your plant altogether or else the tips of its leaves will turn brown.

Give your Ponytail palm only very small amounts of fertiliser.

Most common pests and diseases 

Ponytail palms are not susceptible to pests and diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

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