Plant care guides

Elephant’s foot

Beaucarnea Elephant’s Foot (Beaucarnea recurvata) grows naturally in the Mexican desert. There, it copes with baking sunshine, low night temperatures and long periods without rain.

Although the plant prefers a position with plenty of light, it can also cope with half-shade. If you want the plant to grow, place it by a south-facing window and water regularly. Add fertilizer to the water during the summer period. If the plant is kept in low light conditions, hold back on watering and fertilizing. Let the potting medium dry out between watering.

Gradual acclimatization is necessary if the plant is being moved from a shaded spot into direct sunlight. Otherwise the leaves will suffer and get tip burn. After acclimatization, the plant will do well in a conservatory in direct sunlight with temperatures from 0 to 40°C.