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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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Cousin It (Ponytail Palm) Likes Snug Surroundings

Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) From Bernecker's Nursery

Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) From Bernecker's Nursery

Ask The Expert: I was just given a elephant plant–large “foot” and long stringy leaves. It is at least 11 years old and never been transplanted. Should I transplant and what size planter!I think I am going to rename it ‘Cousin It’!!!! Bobbi


I assume the plant that you have looks like the one pictured above.  This is a Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail palm).  As you can tell from the picture, they like to be crowded in their containers.  So I would only transplant it if it has truly out-grown its container.  When you transplant it you want a container that is only slightly larger than the one that it is in – the plant only needs 2 to 3″ of space between it and the side of the pot.  The key is to keep it at the same level in the pot. In other words don’t bury it. the top of the rootball should still be the top in the new container.

What Is this Plant That Looks Like An Elephant Foot?

Ask the Expert: elephants foot plant

I have an elephants foot plant. That was the name given when I purchased the plant. The base does look more like foot, like a medium brown and rough. The “leaves” are long and thin and look similar to a spider but totally green. I love the plant and the leaves or fronds just continue to grow. At the top of the the little trunk is where the leaves crop out from small clusters of smaller versions of the foot or trunk like base.
Can you please help me identify this plant and tell me if I can remove the small ones to start another plant? If so, how would I do that? Rose


Pony Tail Palm

Pony Tail Palm

Does you plant look like the one in the picture to the right? If so the plant is a Beaucarnea recurvata, also know as a Ponytail Palm.

This plant is propagated from suckers that appear at the base of the plant not from the top.  It can be started from seeds.  However, it take quite a while to get a plant of any size from seeds.

This plant is very easy to care for. Keep in mind over-watering can be a problem for this plant. Water it deeply but allow it to dry out before you water it. Give it plenty of light. When I have grown these in the past, I basically ignore them and they thrive.  I think that is why I loe this plant.

Good Luck and keep me posted.

Propagation For Ponytail Palm

Ask the Expert: Babies on my ponytail plant

I inherited a pony tail plant about 20 years ago.  Recently, It had three babies, growing between the middle and top of the plant.  Do they have to be removed?  Will they hurt my plant if I leave them be?  If I did remove them, can I root them?  If yes, how?  Thank you, I really love this plant!

I Inherited A Green Ponytail

Ask the Expert: Can someone please help identify this house plant

See attached photos. I inherited this plant and have been unable to find any information on it. I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what the plant is so that I could find care instructions. Ed

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) Beaucarnea recurvata (Pony Tail Palm)

Plant trunk looks like an Elephant’s Foot – What is it?

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This plant sits on a co-workers desk. The trunk looks like an elephant’s foot.  Can you tell me what it is?