pony tail palm
pony tail palm seems to be dying. It has lost some leaves and the
remainder are brown from the tip to half the leaf length. It's about
3 years old and just this last year it has suffered.
are a couple of things that would be useful to know before answering
this question. Has the plant recently been repotted? Where is the
plant inside or outside? Has it been moved recently? Is the
plant in the garden or a pot?
Just an interesting point,
pony tail palms are related to yuccas.
This sounds like a watering
problem possibly underwatering and/or lack of humidity
around the plant. Water at least once a week during summer and sparingly
in winter. If the plant is indoors, water more frequently depending
upon the room temperature.
To increase the humidity
around the plant, mist the leaves once a week or place small pebbles
in the saucer, then place the pot on top of the pebbles. Fill the
saucer with water; do not let the plant sit in water (the pebbles
stop this from happening).
Dehumidifiers and heaters
can cause these symptoms they remove moisture out of the
air, so more frequent misting of leaves may help overcome this,
or you could move the plant to another room where there is no artificial
heating. Liquid feed plants through the summer with a soluble fertiliser
such as Thrive or Phostrogen.
Just a thought
if the plant is outside, could it have been frosted?
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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