Ponytail Palm Brown Tips – How to Revive

Ponytail Palm Brown Leaves

Despite the Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) needs a low frequency of watering, sometimes the Ponytail Palm has dry brown tips. If this is your case, then follow these steps on how to revive a dried Ponytail Palm plant and you will see that it will soon recover. Learn all about Ponytail Palm Brown Tips in this article.

Cut off those branches that have become dry, as well as the tips of the leaves that you see dry.

Move the plant to a location with less direct sun.

Water it abundantly and let it drain as much as possible through the holes in the pot for half an hour. If when checking it after this time you see that the soil is separated or cracked (even though it is wet), the substrate is no longer useful.

On the other hand, if it is well wet and compact, surely with watering a little more often than you did before.

Check the location. If the location has less sun the plant will be healthier. Although it is a plant that does not require much water, in case it dries out, water it abundantly and let it drain completely.

If you see that you have to change the soil, you will have to repot it and if possible, put it in a bigger pot. When repotting be careful to avoid any damages to the roots.

Place the plant in another pot or container, making sure it has good drainage and use new soil.

Choose a high-quality substrate. Suitable for succulents. A commercial mix for succulent and cactus is a great choice.

 When you have the Ponytail Palm planted and settled in the center of the pot, water it and place a plate underneath so that the excess water drains well. After a few minutes remove the excess water and check if the soil has been well compacted and moist or not.

Remember to place it in a semi-shaded location to prevent it from drying out and burning the tips.

Ponytail Palm Leaves Turning Brown

The Ponytail Palm plant does not need too much water. So, the most common problem with the Ponytail Palm is when rots due to overwatering.  This plant needs only some water every two weeks and during winter only once monthly.  If the plant is exposed to the rain any inconveniences with drainage (no holes in the pot or bad substrate) will compromise its health. The excess of water rots its roots. If you see that your Ponytail Palm plant looks drowned, dark with limp leaves, or soft, follow these tips to recover a drowned Ponytail Palm plant.

Placing the Ponytail Palm directly in the sun may not be effective. You should relocate it to a semi-shaded site or indoors near a window.

 Carefully remove the plant from the pot and remove as much wet soil from the roots as possible.

Prune any roots you see that are blackened or dark brown and leave any lighter ones untouched.

Repot the Ponytail Palm using new soil. Choose a commercial mix for succulents and cacti. By replacing the soil, you remove excess moisture and provide a new substrate that is not waterlogged. Also, you are providing new nutrients to the plant.

 After a few days of repotting, it should look better. Then, place the Ponytail Palm in a warmer place, with a little more sunlight. In addition, as soon as you notice that the substrate is completely dry, you can start watering it normally, in small quantities, making sure that the drainage works well and removing the excess water from the saucer.

Learn more about Ponytail Palm Care.

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About Julia Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for TheGardenStyle.com as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website. We hope that all our advice will be useful to you and that you will become an expert gardener.