The Ponytail Palm Tree also known as Beaucarnea Recurvata or the Elephant's foot is a species of Asparagaceae plant family. The species was native to numerous states of eastern Mexico, but is now confined to the state of Veracruz. The Ponytail Palm is great for beginners, people who travel, and anyone who's looking for a very low-maintenance, but interesting looking houseplant. It's eek bulb-like trunk and lush, long curly leaves make it visually stunning, and the fact that a ponytail palm is easy in its care makes this an ideal houseplant for many people. Though the "ponytail" part of its name is spot-on, this plant isn't a true palm — it's actually a succulent, hence its preference for dry soil.
Thrives in bright indirect to direct light.
Water every 1-2 weeks in direct light, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. This plant can benefit from extra humidity.
Sick Plant Signs
Leaves crisping, dry potting mix: Thirsty plant, underwatered
Yellowing leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatered
Brown leaf tips: Low humidity or soil compaction (aerate soil)