How to Grow and Care for Ponytail Palms

A close up horizontal image of a ponytail palm growing in a pot indoors.

Affectionately known as the elephant-foot plant, evergreen ponytail palm has a fountain of backward curving, strap-like foliage. The trunk has a large base called a caudex that stores water. This showy specimen is an elegant, easy-care houseplant. Learn all you need to know to cultivate a ponytail palm in your home.

How to Grow and Shape Ponytail Palms as Bonsai

A close up horizontal image of a small ponytail palm growing indoors in a terra cotta pot.

The ponytail palm makes a unique visual statement thanks to its strap-like foliage, scaly trunk, and bulbous base. When grown as a bonsai, it stands out even more. Plus, it can be grown indoors and can withstand some neglect. That’s why it has become a popular option for beginners and more advanced artists alike!