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Bunnytheplantkiller
Jun 26, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Today at work I found this plant. The owner has abandoned it. I want to try to care for it. But I have no idea what it is. Please help. Thank you!!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jun 26, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Your lovely rescue plants are Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) Not really a palm tree but given that "Common Name" because of the growth habit that makes it resemble a palm.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jun 26, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Bunnytheplantkiller, *Blush* I forgot to say Welcome! to the site!
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Bunnytheplantkiller
Jun 26, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Thank you so much Plantladylin!! I hope to give this little guy a new happy home! So I noticed that it's roots look very right in the vase pot thing.. should I try to separate them? There are 5 little ponytails in there... this is a pic Of its roots. And thank you for the warm welcome!!
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Bunnytheplantkiller
Jun 26, 2017 12:49 PM CST
plantladylin said:Your lovely rescue plants are Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) Not really a palm tree but given that "Common Name" because of the growth habit that makes it resemble a palm.


I forgot to quote your post. My question is the comment above this post.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jun 26, 2017 12:59 PM CST
Hmm, looking more closely now ... I'm not so certain it is Beaucarnea. There's another plant with a bulbous base that looks similar but I can't think of the name of it. Hopefully someone else will come along and take a look and offer suggestions. My eyesight is not the greatest anymore.

I think it's your preference whether or not to separate them and pot them up in individual little pots or leave them as a clump. You could leave them in their current container but at some point the glass vase will probably break.
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Jun 26, 2017 5:14 PM CST
I think Lin is right on the money. Often ponytail palms are started as 3 to 5 seedlings in a 3"-6" pot and sold in the big box type stores as house plants. These look like slightly larger seedlings that are starting to attain a little size. You can repot them in a slightly larger pot and they'll be happy. You can also separate them or just let them grow together - whichever you prefer.

They are pretty easy plants to care for. They like very bright light - as much indoors as you can give them. In front of a sunny window is best. Better yet would be outside in part to full sun. Very forgiving while in growth during the warmer months, you can keep them anywhere from moist to on the dry side - just not wet. In the winter when growth slows, however, you want to keep them more on the dry side or they will easily develop root rot.

They aren't winter hardy in your zone. A good frost will burn back larger plants and outright kill younger plants (such as yours). Freezes are a death sentence for most any size.

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