Caring for Nolina or elephant feet correctly - tips for care

Caring for Nolina or elephant feet correctly - tips for care

What should you watch out for when pouring?

Nolina stores water in the tubers. Therefore you have to be careful when pouring. Too much moisture damages the plant and leads to rot formation.

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Water Nolina regularly during the growing season without causing waterlogging. Excess irrigation water should be poured out immediately. Wait between each watering until the substrate is almost dry. Nolina even tolerates longer periods of drought.

In winter, water even less so that the substrate is just a little damp.

When is Nolina fertilized?

Too much fertilizer harms the plant. Fertilize with some liquid fertilizer at monthly intervals. But reduce the amount of fertilizer significantly.

Do you have to cut Nolina?

You are not allowed to cut Nolina. Simply pluck dry leaves.

In order to propagate Nolina, separate off the secondary shoots of the Nolina, which you put in prepared pots with potting soil after a short drying phase.

When is it time to repot?

The elephant foot needs very little soil. It grows slowly so you don't have to repot it often.

Only when the tubers protrude strongly from the pot and the vessel is completely rooted, repot Nolina.

Well-drained soil is suitable as a substrate. A mixture of:

  • Garden soil
  • sand
  • peat
  • some ripe compost

Which diseases and pests occur?

Waterlogging leads to rot and browning of the leaf tips.

Mealybugs and mealybugs can occur as pests. Pluck off infected leaves. Spray the plant with soft soap solution.

How do you care for Nolina in winter?

Nolina takes a break between October and March. During this time, the plant must be placed in a cooler place. Temperatures between 10 and 14 degrees are ideal in winter.

The winter location only needs to be moderately light in winter.


Nolina needs a bright location during the growth phase, but cannot tolerate direct sunlight. You can easily keep the plant in the middle of the room as long as there is enough light.