Re: Help with ponytail palm
you can also use rubbing alcohol to kill the mealies. either by using a q-tip and dip and touch them or put it in a spray bottle and spray - just make sure to cover the soil with plastic so the r-a doesn't drip down into it.
if the infestation is very, very bad, i'd use the spray method...if it's bad, yet do-able with the q-tips, or even paper towels, i'd do that. with spraying, it's easy to go overboard and too much of the r-a will do damage...i err on the side of caution even if it takes longer to apply.
make sure to get the crevises where the leaves attach to the base - both top and bottom sides.
repeat treatment in 7-10 days and then again in another 7-10 if needed.
after the second treatment, i'd also suggest repotting in a new container and fresh soil (or, you can bleach the current container and rinse 3-4 times to get rid of residue and then pot up again with fresh soil). when the plant is unpotted, take a good look at the roots...mealies usualy live on the upper part of the plants - there are some that also infest the roots. if you have root mealies, then a systemic treatment (ortho or bayer) would be in order.
oh, yes, you can cut off the leaf parts and it should regrow - with possibly double sprouts. i'd only do that as a last resort though!!