Cooler Rains Invigorate Palm

Finally, after weeks of temps above 100°F, rains came . . . on a cool front. Relief of temperature and sudden, ample moisture have encouraged an overnight spurt of growth in this elephant’s foot ‘palm’ (aka ponytail palm).

Heat and shade tolerance, pest resistance, and ability to store a reserve of moisture help this type of plant survive a deficit of routine maintenance.

In fact, Beaucarnea recurvata can come back from a state of dormancy resembling death: bereft of plumage, greens gone, brown leaves fallen, foot shriveled.

Incredibly, it seems their age will hold in such a state. Just add some water, the palm will grow.


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  1. About the elephant’s foot plant, via Wikipedia:

    The elephant’s foot is a species of plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to numerous states of eastern Mexico but now confined to the state of Veracruz. It is not closely related to the true palms (Arecaceae), but is popular worldwide as an ornamental plant.

    There are 350-year-old Beaucarneas registered in Mexico!


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