Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dr. Seuss the Ponytail Palm

I have a couple of Pony tail palms that grow inside the house and I really love their look.  They are pretty slow growers and I don't have to water them much like most succulents.  They have a caudex or trunk above ground that stores water.  I can tell they need water when the caudex shrinks a bit.  It plumps back up after watering.   Their actual name is Beaucarnea recurvata.  They are great in boszai arrangements and will conform to any size pot.

So when I walked into Green Acres Nursery here in Roseville and saw this mammoth double Palm for only $45.00 with a name attached to it (Dr. Seuss), I got excited.  But at the time I was reluctant to spend the money.  The original price had been $185.00 and somehow these two twin palms were jammed into the black nursery pot.  Even the roots were showing and it needed light and was getting elongated.  So I actually left the store without it.  But I couldn't stop thinking about it and two days later I went back and bought the poor thing and wrestled it into my car.

Pony Tail Palm (Dr. Seuss) 1

This is what it look like when I finally wrestled it out of it's pot.  I chopped off the top of the plant to the left knowing that it 'should' sprout new leaves.  The other one I left to see what would happen.

Pony Tail Palm (Dr. Seuss) 3

Isn't that crazy!  This show's how amazing succulents are.  Do you see any dirt?
I decided to plant him/them outside in the planter against my fence.  I hope this is an ok idea what with the cold and all.  But I looked it up and I think it will be ok.  A lot of the roots in this photo were dead so I really chopped away at it to about half of what you see now.  And I loosened up the rest so they could be free to start growing.

Dr. Seuss body

I had to dig a pretty big hole for this thing and some of the in between roots are still exposed but I think it will be OK.

Close up of new growth on Dr. Seuss

After a few weeks look what I saw!  Woohoo!  New growth popping out.  It's interesting how the outside of this trunk pulled down from the central core a little bit.

Dr. Seuss (tail)?

After another month it looks like this!  I am a proud succulent Mama!

Dr. Seuss (head)?

The head of Dr. Seuss seems to be doing ok so for now I am going to leave it like is.  I think he has a lot of character!

Dr. Seuss the Ponytail Palm

So Dr. Seuss is happy and healthy and I think I might have saved him from a long painful death.  LOL  But he does look like a Dr. Seuss character don't you agree?  I think Theodor Seuss Geisel would be proud!

Hope to see a lot of you at The Succulent Extravaganza this week at Succulent Gardens!

Until then remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More) said...

I have a triple-caudex Beaucarnea recurvata (or rather three plants that fused together when small). It's been in the ground for 5 years and has sailed through the winters just fine (I do cover it with frost cloth on nights below 28°F). Mine have actually grown reasonably fast. With foliage, the largest is now 5 ft tall.

Anonymous said...

I love Dr. Seuss...I think it is great that you saved him...I am new at this and am much better at killing my succulants than saving them...but I an learning!

Simone Felic said...

Eu separaria as duas, ela é linda,
e vai dar muitas mudas nela.



Spiky Obsession said...

What a great plant. Well rescued.