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Ponytail Palm plant
Ponytail Palm plant  
Hi,
I have a Ponytail Palm plant that has been kept indoors since I bought it two years ago. It sits on a table in front of a window but doesn't get direct sunlight.It is about 16-18 inches tall and as you can see is growing very well. The leaves have more than doubled in length since I bought it. My question is, can the ends be trimmed a bit to keep them from piling up on the table? I love the way it trails and I don't want to do anything that will damage it in any way.

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Michelle,

You can prune off the ends of the leaves trimming them to a point. However I must warn you the the tips may dry and turn brown after you prune it off but it will only be the tip. You might try it on one or two leaves and wait a month to see how it looks then decide if you want to prune the rest. Each plant reacts differently. 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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