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Aging Ponytail Palm with Potential Root Rot

Aging Ponytail Palm with Potential Root Rot
Posted by Sheri Brown from CT on 2005-08-20 09:38:00

I have a 32 year old 8 foot tall ponytail palm that I am dearly attached to. Just discovered that it has almost NO root ball and am suspecting root rot as it was in very most soil. Is there any way to save it? It is still putting off new groth and has a pup on the side. If I cannot save the main plant, can you advise me on how to transplant the pup?

  • pony tail palm
    Posted by Ellyne from iowa zone 5 on 2005-09-26 10:09:00

    have you separated the pup from the dying plant? if you take a sharp knife and cut it away from the parent and put it in sand (water it but let it dry out thoroughly in between) you may be able to save the parent plant that way too, but make sure you cut off all signs of rot then put the saved part in sand like above
    • Ponytail palm "pup" regrowth
      Posted by Kathie from Az on 2013-10-16 11:54:00

      Just curious if you were able to get the new cut portions to grow. If so, how big are they by now? I am thinking about cutting mine off and attempting the save.


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