The ponytail palm bonsai! Learn to grow and care for one!

ponytail palm bonsai


Welcome to our ponytail palm bonsai page!

If you like the look of palm trees and want to spice up your garden, why not consider a ponytail palm bonsai?

You may have heard that in the world of Bonsai, there are true specimens. Palms in general are not true bonsai, but look stunning all the same!

Palm trees often grace the front and back gardens of houses and add a tropical flavour to a home. They are especially fun if you have a pool or an entertaining area filled with friends!

The ponytail palm bonsai is generally a native of Mexico, just like the swine flu virus! Ok, Mexico has much more to offer than the dreaded swine flu, and we think ponytail palms will be a little better for you!

Before continuing, have your read our care guide 1 and care guide 2? What about our 'how to' guide? Also, be sure to make yourself a bonsai checklist!

Let's have a butchers (cockney slang for 'look'. Rhymes with 'Butcher's hook!') at the Ponytail palm bonsai!

Soil, Lighting, & Watering

•Use a well drained basic bonsai soil mix that comprises grit and loam, with a neutral pH level

• The ponytail palm will grow best in climates where winter temperatures do not drop below 10°C, or above 35°C in summer

• Ensure your palm recieves full sunlight where possible, but nor for extended periods of time, particularly in summer. Allow your palm to sit in the sun daily, but allow some shade as well

Water daily. The main goal with the ponytail palm is to stop the leaves from wilting. this alone will be a telltale sign that you are under-watering your tree so ensure daily waterings! If you miss a day here and there it will be ok! The ponytail is pretty drought tolerant and can handle a few missed days

• Over-watering is a common killer of the ponytail, so do not allow yours to sit in the rain for periods of time. Over-watering promotes root-rot and other pests and diseases!


Feed your ponytail fortnightly during the growing season

• Use a basic liquid fertiliser

• Ponytails are pretty tough and will grow vigorously without feeding, but to get the best results and optimum health, feeding will help!


• You only have to repot your ponytail palm bonsai once every 3 years. Ponytails do not generally become an entangled mess of roots and are pretty low-maintenance. However, if you are creating one from seed you will need to repot yearly when the tree is young!

Pruning & Wiring

• Pruning a ponytail palm is quite simple! The basic shape of a ponytail bonsai requires the fronds to sprout from the side of the palm, rather than the top

• To achieve this you will need to cut the crowns at the top of the palm with scissors as they appear. This will force the fronds outwards

• Prune as required, but generally throughout Spring and Summer

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