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Old 04-26-2016, 09:33 PM
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QuestionPony tail palm

I have had a pony tail palm for years. I got it when it was about 4 inches tall now it is about 3 ft. Anyone have any experience with these plants? I don't want it to grow anymore I can barely move the thing around now
. Any help, suggestions, hints will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Alice
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:16 AM
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I got mine when it was in a 2 inch pot and had several marble size 'bulbs', its now ten years old and nearly 4 foot tall.... they don't stop growing, slow down maybe, but don't stop. We are dealing with a small tree.

My suggestion would be to get a short plant stand with casters (wheels), I have one and it helps when I have to move it.

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Old 05-18-2016, 10:12 PM
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Sounds like you and I have the same plant, LOL I put mine on a a stand with casters this year. I never thought it would live this long but it has put out new growth. How often do you repot yours?
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If you are considering getting rid of it at some point because of the size, you may want to consider donating it to a university with a botany department. They typically will have a couple of large greenhouses to keep all kinds of specimen plants. Ponytail palms can grow to 16+ feet and live for 200-300 years. Sounds like you have kept yours very happy. Good luck.
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