Question: We were trying to move a small Ponytail Palm today, used a little too much pressure and split the trunk. We are sick about this. I really like this Ponytail Palm. Is there anything we can do to save it? I put tape on it to hold the 4″ diameter trunk intact, which is probably not good, but we didn’t know what else to do.
Answer: There is not much you can do. After transplanting it will probably experience a “transplant shock” plus a broken trunk will weaken it. Leave a small piece of tape, so that air can get in and dry the wound. Spray the trunk with Copper Fungicide to protect it from fungal infection. Watch out for insects. They might move into the trunk since there is an opening. ~Susan Brian
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