Ponytail Palm Problems?
In some cases, if you have been growing your ponytail palms indoors for long time, it may become damaged or even die. If you are not sure whether the problem is caused by lack of sunlight or other causes, then you need to move them outside. There are many reasons why you may want to do so. You might want to try to transplant them into a new location where they will get sufficient sun, or you might just like to see what happens.
If you already have your plants inside, then there is nothing wrong with keeping them indoors permanently. However, if you are planning to move them out of the house, then you should at least give it a try.
The best way to determine whether your plant needs to be moved or not is to check its leaves. They should turn brownish red color when they are in danger of dying off completely.
You can use a magnifying glass and look closely at the leaf tips; if they are turning black, then the plant is suffering from too much shade and must go outside!
If the leaves are not yet damaged to that degree, then it might mean that the plant is just not getting enough sunlight. This can be fixed by placing it in a more sunny window, or even moving it outside gradually over a period of time.
If your ponytail palm has not been moved inside from outdoors, then you should never do so immediately. Give it at least a few weeks to adjust to the change.
If you bring it inside immediately, then you might notice some change in soil color or even total decay of the soil. Always use pots with adequate drainage and make sure to keep them well watered and moist. If this is not sufficient, then you may want to add a layer of gravel or small stones at the bottom of the pot for extra drainage.
Also, place the pot in a tray or saucer to catch the extra water from the drainage. If you keep on forgetting to water your ponytail palm, then you can use a small plant sensor to remind you!
These sensors can be stuck into the soil and will alert you when the humidity drops below a certain level. This is a great way to ensure that your ponytail palms never dry out!
Ponytail Palms Outside
There are some easy steps to follow in order to successfully move a ponytail palm from inside to outside. You should always move them outside gradually, over the course of at least a week.
Also, choose a windless and cloudless day for the big event!
Make sure that you place your ponytail palm in a location that offers full sunlight. If this is on the North side of your house, then make sure that the front of the pot (with the name of it) faces the street.
Ponytail palms that are placed incorrectly have a greater tendency to lean to one side. They can often be seen leaning towards the East, as this is the direction from which the sun comes up.
You should leave your ponytail palm in its new location for at least a few weeks before deciding whether it is getting enough sunlight or not. If it still hasn’t straightened up within that time, then you might need to try a different spot.
Ponytail palms can stay outside all year round in frost-free areas (Zone 9 and above). If you live in a cold climate (below zone 9), then it is best to bring your ponytail palm inside during the cold months.
If you do choose to keep it outside during these times, then pay extra attention to water and sunlight!
Ponytail palms are very tough plants that can survive even the harshest conditions. They can grow even taller than the average person and can thrive outside for many years to come.
With a little patience and tender, they can quickly grow into majestic plants that will remind you of the deep jungles of their roots!
Ponytail Palms and Children
Many people enjoy the company of their ponytail palms, keeping them in a comfortable location within view. Even some children like to be around the plants, finding their unusual appearance and texture to be interesting.
However, there is one important rule that should always be followed:
Ponytail palms are poisonous.
The leaves and seeds of this plant contain toxins known as cycasins and methyl cycadane. While the toxicity of this plant is low, it should still not be ingested.
Eating any part of the ponytail palm can cause stomach pains, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. If these symptoms are ignored, they may even lead to liver damage and failure.
Children should always be supervised around the ponytail palm, as they tend to be among the ones who place their hands and mouth on everything! If you have a ponytail palm in your home or workplace, then make sure that children know not to eat or chew on the leaves.
If they do happen to consume any part of the plant, then contact your local Poison Control Center immediately!
One thing to watch out for is “Ponytail Palm Syndrome.” This is when someone ingests a certain part of the ponytail palm and then starts to crave more of it.
While the symptoms are not life-threatening, there is a potential for addiction and its related problems. Ponytail palm Syndrome is not well understood and more research needs to be done on it.
Despite being poisonous, ponytail palms are still grown in many homes and gardens. They are an interesting and unusual plant that can add a touch of the exotic to a household or garden setting.
Just make sure that all family members and friends are aware of the toxicity of this plant, so that no one eats it by accident!
Ponytail palms can grow to be as tall as the average human being and can live for hundreds of years. Ponytail palms like warm weather and can suffer if exposed to frost.
While ponytail palms are susceptible to many of the common palm illnesses, they are sturdy plants that can survive in many conditions.
The roots of the ponytail palm remain fairly shallow, but can spread out over a large area. Ponytail palms typically grow several long, slender leaves from their stems.
These leaves can grow up to twenty feet long and typically have sharp points at their tips. From the bottom of the leaf, there hangs a long string, giving it the appearance of a ponytail.
Ponytail palms are dioecious, meaning that there are separate male and female plants. The female plant bears the fruit, which resembles a coconut.
These fruits take nearly a year to grow and ripen.
Ponytail palms can live for hundreds of years, and can grow to be as tall as the average human being. Ponytail palms have no noticeable sexual characteristics until they become full-grown plants.
At this point, the male ponytail palms grow lanky branches that extend out from the trunk or stem. These branches are typically used to support a cluster of pollen-bearing flowers.
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Staying behind, moving on: women, technology and migration in contemporary rural China by DM Murphy, AW Duea – 2011 – books.google.com
A Weaver’s Garden: growing plants for natural dyes and fibers by L Kaufmann – ZANTHRO-Zurich Anthropology Working Papers, 2019 – zora.uzh.ch