dmeridethjr
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PonyTail Palm Trimming?

Can anyone advise if it is ok to trim the strands on a ponytail palm? It is extremely healthy, but the strands have become so long they are touching the table. I wanted it to have a more realistic look (more like a palm). Will it be ok to trim and how much do you trim? Thanks! :)

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dmeridethjr,

Although there are a couple of these things hanging around I have never pruned them so really have no firsthand advice for you. A search turned up this previous thread.
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=564
I also found this picture which seems to be along the lines of what you want.

[url]https://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3195[/url]

I suspect that simply trimming the leaves will cause the tips to brown and start a cycle of repeated trimming.

Norm

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