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I have a pony tail palm in a pot. It's about 4 feet high. I was thinking of planting it in the ground here in Brevard county, Florida. From your answer to Lindsey a while back, should I forget if?

Hi Herman,

A Ponytail Palm can probably survive your winters there in Florida, although few other places in the US are warm enough.

The primary problem is adjustment to light. If your potted Ponytail was grown in a shaded nursery, then it would have a hard time acclimating to direct outdoor sun, although it would do okay in light shade outside. Finally, Ponytail Palms are native to Mexico where the soil is thin and sandy and the climate is dry. You would have to have similar soil conditions in the ground if you were to plant it outdoors. I am not familiar with rainfall in your area, but if it is at all damp at times during the year, then root rot could occur.

Check with a local nursery or landscaping company to see if Ponytails do well in your specific area.

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