Palm Nolina (Beaucarnea recurvata) is one of the interesting and beautiful representatives of indoor flowers, which are widely distributed around the world. Also called "elephant's foot", "elephant's foot", "ponytail", "bottle palm", etc. due to the shape of the stem and the herbaceous leaves, nolina is not actually a real palm tree, but an evergreen perennial succulent plant, a member of the Asparagaceae family (Asparagaceae), which has no close connection with the Palm trees (Arecaceae) Coming from the lands of eastern Mexico, where there is a registered over 350-year-old specimen, this representative of the flora with a characteristic vision became very popular as an ornamental In its natural habitats, the nolina reaches a height of 5 meters, with a stem ending in bundle-like, hair-like leaves starting from a specifically extended trunk (caudex), which is the reason for the name "horsetail". , there are 10 different species of Beaucarnea recurvata, and as soon as the plant reaches ten years, it begins to form small white inflorescences.




Grown at home, nolina can not reach its natural size - if in the open its leaves reach 2 meters, then at home they are many times smaller. In order to preserve its natural shape, the leaves should not be pruned, and when transplanting, care should be taken not to damage the roots and to preserve their integrity. Given the origin, the soil for the plant should be more sandy, extremely well drained, because water retention leads to irreversible putrefaction. Although they can last a year without liquid, watering with purified water is desirable when the top few centimeters of soil dries in the warm months and very rarely in the cold - about once a month and only when the whole soil is completely dry. It is relatively resistant to temperature fluctuations - the ideal temperature for Beaucarnea recurvata is between 10 and 24 degrees for the period of active growth and between 4 and 18 for the rest period (cold months). Nolina loves bright and direct sunlight, but if you are going to move from indoors to outdoors, there should be a period of gradual air conditioning.

Fertilizing is not generally required, but in very small amounts, and only during warm months, it can have a beneficial effect. However, it should be remembered that the valley grows very slowly and needs more patience. Transplanting may be necessary in rare cases, and more often just replacing the surface soil layer. Since the weight of the trunk and leaves can cause it to tilt, it is advisable to use heavy pots at home. Propagation is by seed, but the process is too long and complicated, so buying a grown plant is advisable.