Elkhart County Ramblin's


Water Lightly with allot of Patience

As I searched the garden centers this summer for a new pot for this Pony Tail Palm it brought back the journey the palm and I have been on for the last 15 years or so. This baby was in a 1 gallon pot in Sarasota FL when it came to live with me. It road on the front seat of my car for the 1500 mile trip back to Indiana. I wanted to bring a small bit of Florida with me and this was it.

I have to baby it more here in the north, protect its bark from hungry Indiana squirrels, water it just so through the long cold winters. Pony Tails, like other palms are tropical in nature and they store water in their bases for the long dry spells of their native environments. I know that too much water can kill them quickly and not enough water dries the fronds badly, especially when the pot is parked in front of the heat registers. The old pot was a clay pot of the type you cant purchase here and I knew going into a larger pot, one has to be careful not to increase the pot size too much, especially for plants that prefer being crowded a bit in the root zone.

After transplanting I watched anxiously as it seemed that one of the heads was throwing up some new frond growth, but the other was not. However since its been moved inside, the other head is now also starting some new growth. Once again if I listen to my plants I am reminded to be patient, stay grounded in the moment and be grateful for what I have.



Comment balloon 4 commentsJody Jones • December 04 2008 10:15PM


Jody looks like it is doing well.  Being a plant lover I can understand the anxiety.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 9 years ago

What a beautiful palm, I'll bet people are surprised when they walk into your house for the first time.  It's amazing the lessons that we learn while gardening, isn't it?

Posted by Maxine Phillips about 9 years ago

Jennifer: Yes, its doing well. The trunk healed where the squirrels ate off the bark and so it goes. A friend of mine in Sarasota had a double headed one like this growing outside their door that was almost 15ft tall. I dont think I will let this one get that large :)

Maxine: I havent had many comments on it, but then they dont know the history or even what it is. I bought a couple of bromeliads at Lowes this summer which I will be splitting and growing babies from next spring. Next lifetime, I am going to be a botanist :)

Posted by Jody Jones, Elkhart County Real Estate Agent (REALTY GROUP RESOURCES) about 9 years ago

Hi Jody!  I have the small palm you were talking about.  It is still about 1 gallon size and I have had it for two years.  I didn't know about the too much water though.  I will watch it closer.  Nice to see you here blogging!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 9 years ago