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My husband broke the top...would i be able to re-plant it? Right now I have the broken piece sitting in the water...help!

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Helena,

You are fortunate, this is close to the best time of year to root a pony tail palm cutting but if I were doing it on purpose I would have waited till after the first day of spring. Water is not the place to root this. It is similar to rooting a cactus and it will quickly rot in water.
Obtain a pot with good drainage holes and fill it with a well-drained potting soil with extra perlite and some sand added or use cacti soil. The roots do not need much water and actually thrive with some air, so it is essential that the potting medium be porous for drainage.

Cut the base of the pony tail palm cutting with a knife and apply a bit of rooting hormone onto the end that was attached to the bulb. Follow the directions on the rooting hormone package while applying.

Plant the top with the rooting hormone end pointed down about 1/3 of its length into the soil. Tamp the potting soil down around the shoot to keep it standing straight. You made need to add a stake to hold it up securely.

Place the planted offshoot in a window with full sun. Water it with only enough water to moisten the soil lightly. Allow it to dry and then moisten it again. Keep this pattern until the offshoot begins to grow. Full sun is important. Good luck!

Darlene  

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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