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Msbonniec
May 27, 2018 11:09 AM CST
I would like to repot this ponytail plant I just bought into a new pot. My concern is the shape of the pot and how it will impact repotting in the future. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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plantmanager
May 27, 2018 11:22 AM CST
I would find a different pot you like and leave it in it's nursery pot inside of a nicer pot. It doesn't look like that one will work. You'll be much safer to not re-pot your plant. It can remain potted like it is for years.
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Calif_Sue
May 27, 2018 11:22 AM CST

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Not a good candidate without drainage holes. That would be a better decorative pot, you can put the original plastic pot in it.
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WillC
May 27, 2018 1:18 PM CST
I agree. Leave the roots of the Ponytail undisturbed. Double pot by putting the plastic nursery pot inside a more attractive planter of your choice. Spread some Spanish moss over the surface to disguise the double-potting.
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plantladylin
May 27, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Hi Msbonniec, Welcome!

I'm in agreement with what everyone else has said. Your white ceramic planter is really pretty and it sure would make a great "cache" pot for a plant but without drainage holes in the bottom, it's not advisable to plant something directly into it.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) are fairly slow growers so your lovely plant can remain in it's original plastic nursery pot which can then be placed into a more decorative container. Just remember after watering, to always empty the water from the outer container so that the plant doesn't retain excess water and end up with root rot.

I have a terracotta orchid pot with five Pony Tail palms; they've been in this pot for 6 or 7 years.
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Msbonniec
May 27, 2018 8:17 PM CST
As much as I love the pot that I purchased, I think it will be going back. 😒 Thank you all so much for your advice. I will leave it in the pot that it's in. I'm so glad for this forum.
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tarev
May 28, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Good decision Msbonniec to return the new pot you got. Thumbs up

I agree with all the previous comments. It can stay in the old container for quite a long while, till it bursts it Big Grin
It is such a slow growing plant so it takes its sweet time. Later on, maybe after a few years, find a container shallow but wide, and always with drain holes.
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Msbonniec
May 28, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Thanks everyoneπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜Š
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quercusnut
May 28, 2018 11:16 PM CST
My 6 foot tall Ponytail has been in the same pot for 20 years. It's gorgeous and healthy. I water it once in a while. Once in a blue moon I might fertilize it a little. Lovey dubby
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plantladylin
May 29, 2018 6:17 AM CST
I have two larger ponytail plants that have been in the same containers for at least 12 years. These trees can remain in the same pot for a very long time. I'm really bad about fertilizing any plants and I usually only feed my orchids and other flowering plants when I think about it, which is rare. *Blush* My ponytail palms have never been fed and yet they do fine.
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