The Q&A Archives: Ponytail Palm hurricane damage

Question: I have a ponytail palm with a trunk about five feet tall with another two to three feet of fronds in a very large cement pot on the patio -- too large to move (over 400 pounds) for storm protection. After Hurricane Wilma I found the entire new growth crown had been blown off. There are still a good number of green fronds, with the usual die-off of fronds around the bottom. Will the plant recover from this and how will it affect the new growth? Will it form a new crown or will the plant die?

Answer: Kathy,

It will probably recover if the terminal bud was not killed. I would give it some time to see whether or not it can produce new growth. This may take a couple of months.

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