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Beaucarnea recurvata

This is a discussion on Beaucarnea recurvata within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Does anyone have any experience with these? I have had one now for several years. ...

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    Question Beaucarnea recurvata

    Does anyone have any experience with these? I have had one now for several years. I guess it is technically pretty happy. Lots of leaves, nice and long, looks great.

    Only problem is, it doesn't seem to want to get taller. I keep in on an upturned pot about as large as the one that it is in so that the leaves hang down properly. The leaves are much longer than the stem of the plant.

    So what I am wondering is if anyone has any tricks for making it grow taller from the base?

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    Ah, the 'Ponytail Palm'... this species grows easily and HUGE here in Florida.

    This species can easily get root bound, causing stunting. I have a 30+ year old plant that is only 4ft. tall, caused by stunting. My only suggestion is plan big, and get a much larger pot. Also, full sun and higher temperatures with moderate amounts of water.

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    Oh, ponytail palm! We have one. It grows outside during the summer in full sun. I feed it slow release fert and give it water at least once a week. During the winter, we bring it back inside the house. Ours is about 4 feet tall. The root ball is a bit larger than a basketball. It is really a fun plant. Good luck!

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    We have 2 of them...and one has gotten a little taller since getting it 2 years ago. We put it outside in summer, too. Fertilize (I think we put those little fertilizer spikes in the soil). And my husband changed it to a bigger pot this year. Seems to love the heat and sun!! It does need water regularly though. Hubby tried an 'experiment' to see how if it liked to be drier or not and didn't water for a couple months while it was indoors...the trunk went from the size of a basketball to the size of a small stick (it stores a lot of water in there!)

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    Hm, well outside isn't an option at the moment - city-life, no balcony. It is in the sunniest, warmest spot I can find and I let it bake when it gets the chance (plus it shades my orchids).

    I got it in a 6" wide by 3" deep pot. Now it is in a 9" wide by 7" deep pot. So it's not like it hasn't grown. It just doesn't seem to want to grow UP in the stem. The leaves hang down a good 6-7" below the pot and the stem is only a measly 3-4" tall...

    I guess no one has any secret tips of anything.....so just more fertilizer and more water, I guess!

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