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Beaucarnea (Ponytail palm)

Beaucarnea (Ponytail palm)

You can recognize the Beaucarnea by its strikingly robust trunk. This tribe, which also looks like a tuberous foot, has not for nothing the nickname Elephant leg. We understand why! Originally the Elephant leg comes from Mexico and surroundings. The handy thing about the trunk is that the plant stores water in it. Like some kind of sponge. Watering is therefore not a major priority of the Elephant leg. In addition to Elephant's leg, the houseplant has also been nicknamed Pony Tail. This name of course comes from its stringy leaves. Anyway, the Beaucarnea is a striking and cheerful plant.

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Beaucarnea (Ponytail palm)

You can recognize the Beaucarnea by its strikingly robust trunk. This tribe, which also looks like a tuberous foot, has not for nothing the nickname Elephant leg. We understand why! Originally the Elephant leg comes from Mexico and surroundings. The handy thing about the trunk is that the plant stores water in it. Like some kind of sponge. Watering is therefore not a major priority of the Elephant leg. In addition to Elephant’s leg, the houseplant has also been nicknamed Pony Tail. This name of course comes from its stringy leaves. Anyway, the Beaucarnea is a striking and cheerful plant.

Beaucarnea (Ponytail palm)

You can recognize the Beaucarnea by its strikingly robust trunk. This tribe, which also looks like a tuberous foot, has not for nothing the nickname Elephant leg. We understand why! Originally the Elephant leg comes from Mexico and surroundings. The handy thing about the trunk is that the plant stores water in it. Like some kind of sponge. Watering is therefore not a major priority of the Elephant leg. In addition to Elephant’s leg, the houseplant has also been nicknamed Pony Tail. This name of course comes from its stringy leaves. Anyway, the Beaucarnea is a striking and cheerful plant.

Direct sunlight

Every two weeks

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Direct sunlight

Every two weeks

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of the Beaucarnea?

The best location

The Elephant leg is best placed in front of or next to a window. The plant prefers at least five hours of direct sunlight. Although a south-facing window with so much direct sunlight can be too much of a good thing. If the plant gets too little light you will notice this mainly in spring and summer. The plant will not produce fresh leaves if there is too little light. And since new leaves can be added every week from spring onwards, it is noticeable when no new leaves are growing.

Watering the Beaucarnea

The handy thing about the Elephant leg is that the plant stores water in its stem. As a result, the plant needs relatively little water. In winter this will be once a month, and a little more often in summer. Above all, keep a close eye on the bottom of the plant. As soon as the soil feels dry for a couple of days to one week it can be watered again. Despite the fact that the plant does not need water so often, it is also wiser not to give large quantities. The earth is supposed to dry up after just a few days. Then you know that the Elephant leg sucked the water into his trunk. Pay close attention to how long it takes for the earth to feel dry. Will it take a little longer the next time before the soil dries up? Then the plant is saturated and you can give less water next time.

Plant nutrition

The Elephant leg is not such a big consumer of energy. Extra plant nutrition is therefore certainly not necessary for this houseplant. Don’t you want to spoil the Elephant leg? Only feed plants once a month from spring until the end of summer. Universal plant food is fine, although we do recommend to give less than the indicated amount.

Repotting

Repotting the Elephant leg is not necessary every year. On the contrary. Repotting every 2 to 3 years is more than enough. The Elephant leg does not make as many roots. When the Elephant leg makes new roots, they usually grow horizontally. When repotting, always use fresh potting soil and a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than its previous one.

Air purifying function

Well, the Elephant Leg isn’t really air-purifying. Of course the plant converts CO2 into oxygen, but this is on such a small scale. You really don’t notice.

Is the Beaucarnea poisonous?

We can be brief about this. The Elephant’s Leg is non-toxic. Good news for pets!

Diseases and peculiarities

The Elephant leg is not specifically susceptible to a louse, disease or vermin. Of course, too much water can lead to root rot. If the plant does suffer from vermin, you can control this with pesticides.

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