Beaucarnea: Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
The Pony Tail Palm, Beaucamea recurvata, now goes under the name of Nolina recurvata. I prefer to use the old name in case it gets muddled with the similarly named Nolana which is quite a different plant in the family Convolvulaceae. In the hot dry deserts of its native habitat it will reach 9 m (30 ft) in height but is unlikely to reach such dimensions in the greenhouse. It does need some room, though, as even a plant 60 cm (2 ft) high will be the same wide. While the leaves are not toothed they are very long and sharp. The attraction in the plant lies in its woody stem which is swollen at the base and the rosette of leaves that arise from it. Care is extremely simple. This plant likes a well-drained gritty, the surface of which should be allowed to dry right out between waterings. Propagation is by offsets when they are produced, or by seed which is best sown during February or March at 18-21°C (65-70°F). It would be quite appropriate to include one in a collection of .