Ask a Question forum: Ponytail Palm Browning Tip Question

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Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
Feb 4, 2018 10:57 AM CST
I was recently gifted a ponytail palm a handful of months ago, and she has been doing fine until recently (well, maybe she's still fine, I'm not sure!). The tips of her hairlike leaves have begun to brown and here I am asking you fine people for advice on her situation!

Her trunk isn't mushy and she's planted in Miracle Grow's "Cactus, Palm & Citrus" Mix. It has been a gloomy couple of weeks in town, cold and wet. My thought is her soil has been too wet, as I watered her last weekend when her soil was dry and it has been cloudy all week rained all day yesterday...

I do appreciate any help and the time you've taken to read this post!


(excuse dirt in nail lol I had just sunk my finger into the soil to check on it!)
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 4, 2018 11:27 AM CST
Overall, your Ponytail looks pretty good. My concern would be that you may not be allowing to soil to dry deep enough into the pot. This is a plant that has evolved to survive drought but not constantly damp soil around its roots.

I assume there is a drain hole in the pot. Allow the soil to dry 1-2 inches deep into the soil before watering. If you water as soon as the soil surface feels dry, you are watering too soon. When you water, add just enough water so that the top 1-2 inches of soil feel dry again within two weeks. If it takes longer than that, then you are providing too much water.

The outside weather should not have too much effect on your plant. Less sunlight may mean it uses a bit less water, but outside temps shouldn't matter.

Trim off brown tips and any leaves that are mostly yellow. A certain amount of leaf tipping is inevitable. Look for perky, healthy new growth on top as an indication of good health.

PS - Dirty fingernails are a badge of honor among serious gardeners! Hilarious!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Maria
College Station, TX (Zone 8b)
Feb 4, 2018 12:26 PM CST
Thank you, Will! I'll head ur advice and keep an eye on her growth!

I'll keep ya posted, thank you again!

Hurray! I'm all ears!

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