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Diannacbea
Jun 11, 2015 8:57 AM CST
I have a double bulb (or is it called a foot?) pony tail palm that lost the tops of the plants. The bulbs have now sprouted dozens of baby pony tail palms from their bulbs/foot. So what do I do now?
Thank you.
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plantladylin
Jun 11, 2015 9:08 AM CST
Hi Dianna, Welcome to All Things Plants!

I love the looks of your Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata). You could divide each fat bulb and and pot them up separately or leave them all together in the same pot. I've heard that Pony Tail Palms are slow growers but I think eventually those leaves will grow up and the new branches will appear, like in this photo:
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Diannacbea
Jun 11, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Thank you for the advice. Since there are so many "pups", I'm thinking I need to separate. I haven't done this before. I assume they will have to be cut apart with a knife?
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purpleinopp
Jun 12, 2015 7:42 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Hey, that's a cool come-back story! I think I would wait until there's some stem under the leaves at least, until each top has formed a little trunk. Trying 1 to start with would be reasonable, at any time you decide it's time to experiment. Not a plant I've taken cuttings of, but I'm sure somebody around here has (if that's possible for this plant.) I think, eventually, you'll have a much more unique plant if you leave it alone, but encourage & support whatever you would decide. I like to "play" with plants too, to see what happens. Good vibes! Definitely following this...
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drdawg
Jun 12, 2015 8:48 AM CST
I don't know how one would go about dividing these plants. It does not seem that the pups have any sort of root system but are dependent on the "mother" plants for water and nourishment. Perhaps I just don't see the roots. Shrug! If this were mine, I think I would divide the two mother plants, potting them up separately. At least that way, as the pups grow, you will only have half the size you have now. Then you could "experiment" with one of them and grow the other as-is.
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Diannacbea
Jun 12, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Actually I was referring to dividing the "mother" plants....but something to think about as I have wondered about it before.
More research is required! Will keep you posted. Thanks to all.
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drdawg
Jun 12, 2015 9:51 AM CST
Oh, I forgot to tell you, Dianna Welcome!
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plantladylin
Jun 12, 2015 10:16 AM CST
My thought is that Dianna's plant was originally two or more planted together in the same pot which is how nurseries/garden centers sometimes grow and sell them. I can see what look to be roots above the soil line on both of those large bulbs which are probably two separate plants that were just potted close together. I'd cut right along the center line between each of them and pot them up separately in shallow pots, using a well draining soil and remember they don't need a lot of water; those bulbous bases store needed water for when the plants need it.

Here's a pot of 5 small Pony Tail's that's been sitting out amidst heavy shrubbery in my yard for the past year ... suffering with powdery mildew from lack of air circulation but you can see where it's different plants all potted together. Maybe I'll try to get up enough energy in the near future and get the bunch out of this pot and separate them.
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plantladylin
Jun 12, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Oops ... I missed Dianna's earlier post about dividing them! Green Grin!
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