Plant ID forum: What kind of plant?

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Groo
Dec 26, 2016 2:30 PM CST
This is a large plant (6 ft) that has a bulb as a base. My father rescued it from someone dumping it for garbage. He won't get rid of it until he finds out what it is.

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Horntoad
Dec 26, 2016 2:37 PM CST
I'm going to say it's a Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

It looks like it was a nice one before it's abuse.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 26, 2016 8:49 PM CST
I agree Luckily, its hard to kill a Ponytail Plant by underwatering. If you clean it up, it could be a really nice plant again.

I hope your father keeps it now, knowing what it is.
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DomehomeDee
Dec 26, 2016 9:12 PM CST
They are pretty hardy. I have one out side (zone 8b/9a) and it does great. Looks like yours could use a bigger pot and some fertilizer. They are really attractive plants and it looks like it has a double trunk and some babies on the sides. It you want you can trim those off, maybe even get them to root in a damp pot. Good luck!!!
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Carter
Dec 27, 2016 8:16 AM CST
This will be a great Pony Tail Palm if you guys can nurse it back to health. These do very well underpotted. A larger pot would be ok, but not critical. I would repot and check the soil if not done already. Put it in some fresh, well-draining soil (same pot is ok, or slightly larger if you'd like) and pull off the brown dead foliage. With the way the green foliage is wonky (that's a technical term) and elongated, what this guy needs most right now is some very bright light - as bright as you can give it. It will also be more prone to rotting right now in its weakened state, so be very careful of the watering. Only water when it the soil is dry.

I don't know what zone you are in, but I would make sure that for the immediate future you keep this one away from cold air. Let it recover its health before you throw it to the elements. The above post is the exception rather than the rule and a freeze will defoliate healthy Pony Tail Palms and kill young or weak ones.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2016 8:37 PM CST
I agree with Carter
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