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Feb 17, 2017 6:27 PM CST
I have a "Pony Tail Plant around 30 + years old It is root bound i.e. I can see fine roots above the soil... It has about a 2 inch boundary from pot Its very large BUT I have noticed it seems to be ACTUALLY it is "cracking around the ball of the plant Am I watering TOO Much?? every day a fine watering in this heavy hot weather.. I do not know what to do I sure would appreciate some feedback Many thanks in advance.. Barbra
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Feb 17, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Hello Barbra, you can certainly repot it, good timing, it is summer there in NSW I don't usually water my ponytail too much even if it is the height of our extremely dry summer here, since it ably handles that with its stash of moisture in its base.

I found this page, and talks about extensively about ponytail palm and how it was handled, if you go a bit down the page, there is a video you can watch:

Do post also a photo of your ponytail palm so we can better see how your plant looks like currently.
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Feb 18, 2017 10:48 AM CST
She skipped over the most important part, that happens while the plant is not in a pot, the root trimming & removing old soil. These plants make extensive roots.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 20, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Older Ponytail Palms rarely need repotting. Please post a photo or explain in detail what you mean by the "cracking" and just where it occurs. Is the plant otherwise healthy?

Too often, I have seen folks ruin their plants by taking some unnecessary action for a problem that didn't really exist. So proceed with caution.
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