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Papa28
Jun 18, 2017 3:27 PM CST
I bought a ponytail palm about 2-3 months ago. I was inspecting it a little while cleaning the leaves with water, and I noticed there was this filling like substance put at the top of the plant. I removed it and was hoping not to hurt my plant. I was wondering has anyone else seen this or knows what I'm talking about? I bought it from Lowe's if that means anything. The first picture is what the substance looks like, the second picture was the location of the substance. (After me removing it). I was wondering is this put on here to control growth or something?

Thanks!



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Welcome!

I think, at one time, your Ponytail plant was much taller. It was cut off (to force branching) and the cut was sealed with whatever that grey stuff is.
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Chicago, Illinois
Papa28
Jun 18, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Thanks! You said to encourage branching, I'm relatively new to plants so do you mind elaborating more to me on what that means? Also, do you think it was okay for me to remove it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 18, 2017 9:32 PM CST
Ponytail plants are called "palms" (even though they are not) because they have a tall stem with a single 'ponytail' on top. The nursery industry doesn't think that look will sell so they lop the heads off. The plant reacts by growing multiple new heads.

The gray stuff they used to seal the cut is actually a bad idea. Its a good way to trap moisture and cause rot.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Papa28
Jun 18, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Well that's not good, I removed it all because I figured it couldn't be good.

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