Nolina Recurvata (Ponytail Palm)

Nolina Recurvata (Ponytail Palm)


Nolina, a member of the Agavaceae family, is a slow-growing plant that doesn’t require constant care, so it’s ideal for those who want a long-lasting houseplant, even in the absence of a green thumb. Commonly known as ponytail palm, Nolina bears narrow, gray-green or dark green foliage that arches out from a large bulb like trunk, causing it to some- what resemble a palm.


In addition, the leaves emanate from a central point like a ponytail, thus the name. Although it may take years to do so, this plant could grow to as tall as 8 feet indoors.

Origin: South America

Height: 15ft 

Light: These plants will grow slowly at the best of times and although the plant will do okay in a slightly shady spot, it does need bright light for it to thrive. If you can provide some sun, within a few weeks you'll see the plant converting this into lush new visible leaves, i.e. more light equals more growth.

Water: Ideally, you should aim to water at least a few times a month (once a week in the height of Summer if possible) and when you do so, make sure it's a thorough watering.

Temperature:  To be safe, try not to ever go lower than 7°C (45°F) and although higher temperatures will be accepted, you should get good levels of growth at around 21°C (70°F).

Propogation: Propagating a Ponytail Palm is pretty difficult because it's done typically through the offsets it periodically produces. The difficultly is that the offsets depend on the parent plant and don't establish their roots very quickly. This means if you separate an offset too early then it will rely on you to get things spot on.