Walt Posted February 6, 2010 Report Share Posted February 6, 2010 About 10 years ago I planted a 3 gallon sized ponytail palm relatively close to my house foundation, not knowing at the time just how big these plants can get. Next to my ponytail palm is an ixora shrub. My wife wants me to get rid of the ixora as it grows too big and the flowers are not the same color as are super king ixoras (see bottomost photo). This ixora shrub got defoliated from the freezes last month. Today I cut it back hard, as I plan to dig it out and relocate it. This brings me to the Topic question: My wife also wants me to remove the ponytail palm, and now is the time to do it. About a year or so ago I posted here at this forum a solicitation for advice in removing my ponytail palm. I recall some said it would move easily in terms of not having to get lots of roots. Somebody from California even posted some boxed ponytail palms that had recently been field dug. As you can see in my below photos, while I don't have lots of room around my ponytail, I think I have adequate enough room to dig it out. What I want to know is how deep will I need to go to get underneath of it. I plan on digging it loose and then using a rope (properly tied more towards the base of the trunk) and pull it out of the hole (if need be) with either my lawn tractor or pick up truck. Then I will figure a way to transport it to another place on my property where I want to replant it. I'm looking for any suggestions and caveats anyone can give me who might have experience in transplanting a ponytail. I really hate to dig this plant out, but I really have little choice, as the base will eventually grow into the foundation and front entryway slab. Above is my out of control ixora shrub that is blocking the guest bedroom window. I can cut this shrub back hard each spring and it grows back fast 1 Mad about palms Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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