BeaucarneaThe Ponytail Palm, sometimes called the ‘Bottle Tree’, originates from tropical and subtropical areas in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Agaveae family. The smallest specimens of this decorative, easy to care for plant are already 3.5-years old before they are sold. Older plants can already be 15-years old before leaving the nursery! The ideal temperature for this plant is ± 20 ºC (room temperature). It can survive lower temperatures during the winter down to a minimum of 10C. The Ponytail Palm needs a light, well-ventilated, sunny position but should not be placed in direct sunlight. It requires little water because the plant stores water in the bulbous part of the lower stem, Therefore it can even survive a period without water. The plant should be given plant feed once every 4 weeks between April and September. This can be added to the water, which should preferably have a low-chalk content.
The best tips for caring for your plant:
- Good light, but no bright sunlight.
- Ideal temperature 20 ºC.
- Keep damp, compost must not dry out.
- Apply fertiliser once a month.
- Keep plant slightly dry in winter.
- Long lasting.
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