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Red pony tails – Beaucarnea guatemalensis – commonly found in Mexico and Guatemala




Red pony tails is also known as Nolina guatemalensis and Elephant Foot. It is native to Mexico and Guatemala. This plant has only one stem but grows further with branching as it reaches 2 meters tall. It has a sparsely branching trunk. The plant usually grows up to 7-9 meters in height. Because of the swollen base, the plant is known as Elephant’s foot. Because the look of the plant is like a pony tail, it is named pony tail plant.
The plant is very thing and long. Its width is 1 inch and length is 6foot. The base is swollen and very large and wrinkled. Its base can grow up to 3 meters wide and that forms a large, conical base. The leaves are dark green and grass-like. The edges of the leave are rough. The leaves grow from the top of the trunk. The trunk is swollen due to water stored in it. This base gets swollen as it grows. Hence this plant does not need much water. As the leave mature, the color of the leaves change from bright red to green.
The flowers are produced only as the tree grows old. The flowers are creamy white in color. The plant grows in hardiness zones of 9-11, (-5°C/25°F, 5°C/40°F) in winter. The plant needs full sun to light shade exposure. The soil type is well drained and can be mixed with a cactus mix. The tree as it gets older can sustain lower temperatures too. Because of the water storage in trunk, it is very drought tolerant. Watering every 3 weeks is enough hence. When grown in pots, the plant needs water sparingly. Overwatering can lead the plant to rot. This place can be grown as a bonsai.

Growing conditions of Beaucarnea guatemalensis

• This plant needs full sun to partial shade for growth.
• It needs well drained soil.
• Soak the seeds in warm water.
• Leave them to soak them overnight.
• The germination period is a little long of about 8-12 weeks.
• Once the germination is over, they can be either transplanted to left in pots.
• Use a cactus mix with good drainage.
• The seeds grow in a minimum temperature of 20°C.
• The soil need to be kept lightly humid.
• Light improves germination.
• This plant grows well in Hardiness zones 9-11, (-5°C/25°F, 5°C/40°F) in winter.
• Water the plant every 3 weeks during the growing season.
• Fertilize it only once during the growing season.

Care for Beaucarnea guatemalensis

• This plant needs full sun to partial shade for growth.
• It needs well drained soil.
• The germination period is a little long of about 8-12 weeks.
• Use a cactus mix with good drainage.
• Water the plant every 3 weeks during the growing season.
• Fertilize it only once during the growing season.
• Since the water is already stored in the trunk base, avoid overwatering.
• Overwatering can rot and damage the plant.





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