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Can I Grow A New Elephant Foot Plant From It’s Offshoot?

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I have an elephant foot plant and I was wondering, can you snip off the leaves growing out the sides of the trunk to grow new plants? Mine is about 4ft. tall. I did slice one off, put it in water, the leaves grew well, but no roots or signs of a trunk developing. Should I just plant it? Thank you for speaking with me, Diane

Elephant Foot Plant

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

The Elephant foot plant (Beaucarnea recurvata, also know as ponytail plant) can be started from an offshoot of the plant. However, a leaf by itself will not form roots. What you need is a true sucker from the plant. These will have a thicker base attached to the trunk of the plant. You can snap these off at the trunk and stick the sucker in soil to root. A rooting hormone, found at any garden center or nursery, can be used to help start your sucker roots. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. If the soil is too wet the sucker will rot and not form roots.

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  1. don bergeron says:

    I have shoots growing off the side of my elephant foot plant can these also be cliped off and planted?

  2. If it is a true sucker, as pictures above, yes. Simply snap these off at the trunk and stick the sucker in soil to root. A rooting hormone, found at any garden center or nursery, can be used to help get this process started. If the soil is too wet the sucker will rot and not form roots. Hope this helps!

  3. If you cut of the top of the palm so new growth starts, will the old one still live?

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