QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Not winter hardy in-ground.
3. Planting Distance - One plant per 12 inch or larger container. Transplant into a larger container as needed.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 5 feet tall with a 2 to 3 foot spread.
5. Planting Instructions - Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball. Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot. Place the plant in the hole and back fill to original soil line. Water well, and if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring the level back up to the original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball.
GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT
This tropical-looking plant has distinctive foliage and a swollen base. It needs very little care and thrives in a variety of indoor environments, making it the ideal houseplant. Plant it in a decorative pot and add a touch of tropical flair to any room or enjoy it outdoors during the summer months!
Water - Pony Tail Palms do not require frequent watering. Allow the soil surface to become dry between waterings and water only occasionally during the winter. Overwatering can be as damaging as under watering. Be sure that the area surrounding your plant does not become a water-holding bog and that there is adequate drainage to move excess water away from the plant. Pony Tail Palms that are overwatered will develop stem rot and other problems.
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Grooming - Clip off unsightly or dead growth to maintain attractive form and shape.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - Do not let your plant freeze. Instead, at the first sign of frost, inspect and treat for pests, then enjoy it as a houseplant during the colder months.
When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water it daily. Bathrooms, especially those with a southern exposure, will provide a naturally humid environment for your plant.
If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around it by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray. The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water. You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.
All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly. Do not over water or allow your plant to sit in water. Follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter, to extend your plant’s performance.
In spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.