Ponytail palm care outdoors

Long hair can look casual and effortless. Getting there can be anything but. So if you like the look, and you’re thinking it might work for you, how do you deal with the process of growing it out? You have the inspiration—maybe you’re thinking Josh Holloway in “Colony” or Jason Momoa in… basically anything. You could just stop going to the barber and wait for it to happen, but then you face an awkward beehive phase. You need a strategy. Here are three ways to approach your hair-growing project without letting your hair ruin the rest of your look.

Strategy: Know where you’re headed

Before you start, think about what you want it to look like in the end. Sounds obvious, but because hair only grows about a quarter of an inch a month, a lot of guys put off planning.

His advice, if you wanted to get ripped, you’d have a celeb inspiration in mind. So do the same thing here. And think about how similar you are to that person.

“There could be a style you want to do, but it won’t work because your hair is really coarse, or you have a widow’s peak,” says Alfonso. “Find out the foundation of your hair.”

Strategy: Long on the top, short on the sides

Growing your hair out doesn’t mean quitting your trips to the barber. In fact, regular haircuts can be a way to cheat your look along the way.

Your solution is an undercut. You keep things relatively trimmed around the back and sides, while building up length on top.

“While growing out your hair, you still have to have a good haircut,” says Alfonso. “I grew out my top super long, to where it was actually down to my chin, and then I grew out my sides probably about two to three inches. It actually looked like all of it was long because it just blended in.”

From there, he cut the top and waited for the sides to catch up. Eventually everything is the same length, and you’ve avoided the awkward phase.

Strategy: Rock each “in-between” look

Another option, roll with each in-between length and use each to experiment with a different look.

“You just have to have fun with those in-between moments,” says Alfonso. “First you slick it back like Al Pacino. Then it’s a little longer, it’s a Brad Pitt look. Then it’s Johnny Depp. Then you have an ’80s rocker look. Then it’s ’90s—that’s where it gets really out of hand and people ask, ‘You can’t afford a haircut or what?'”

Once you can pull your hair into a ponytail, it’s smooth sailing. You can keep growing it and your man bun gets bigger, or you can go for a Jared Leto vibe and wear it down.

So, if you’re curious, you might as well try it.

“I think every guy should grow his hair out at least once,” says Alfonso. “Because that’s how you find out when you need to cut it. If you’re like, ‘Oh my god, this looks ugly,’ then you’ve found out how long is too long. You will come to a point where it’s either yes or no.”

7 tips for growing out your hair (when you’re impatient)

By Advice from a 20 something

Growing out your hair can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you’re an impatient little butthead like me. As you may remember from this post, I’ve been dreaming of growing out my hair super long. I’m talking flowy, bohemian locks that fall just below my boobs (like a Mermaid!). While I love the long bob trend, I’ve done it a few times now and am ready for a change. I’ve also found that my hair dries best when it’s long. My natural waves become more pronounced, and the length weighs my hair down so it’s less poufy and frizzy.

But with my being incredibly impatient when it comes to changing up my look, I’ve been doing my research on how to grow out my hair as quickly as possible. Some of these tips you may have heard before, and some of them may sound a little crazy … but I’m giving them a go!


I’ve always avoided brushing my naturally wavy hair to allow the curls to form. But I’ve done some research and brushing your hair often is a great way to keep it healthy, which can help it grow quicker. But don’t just brush it with anything. I’ve recently been using this Tangle Teezer brush – it causes less breakage and works wonders.


While I’ve heard this trick before, I have to admit, I was really confused by it. I understand that shampoo dries out your hair (since it’s basically soap), so only using it 2-3 times a week makes sense. But does it mean you need to skip showers? Or if you do shower, how are you supposed to manage tangled wet hair? I may be slow, but I finally figured it out. You can still take a shower – just skip the shampoo and go straight to the conditioner. Wet your hair as usual, then squeeze out the excess water and add your conditioner. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and rinse. Your hair will be soft and easy to manage.


We’ve all heard this advice before, but I never really knew why it was helpful until now. The real reason you’re supposed to get a trim every few weeks is this: if you don’t, dead ends will form causing breakage, and you’ll end up having to chop off more than you want. So if you just cut a little bit at a time, you won’t need to chop off a bunch of dead ends down the road. Make sense?


So I’m giving Chinese herbs a try. Sounds a little crazy, I know. But I’ve heard great things about these Yang Xue Sheng Fa Capsules specifically. I did some research and they seem pretty harmless, so I’ll let you know if they work! The theory is that they promote healthy blood circulation and maintain the health of your hair. I’ve tried taking Biotin capsules, a supplement for healthy hair, skin, and nails, but honestly, I never really saw a difference (although some people respond really well to them). So I thought I’d give something else a try. Have you ever tried supplements? Which ones have worked?


My hair stylist tells me this just about every time I go to her – take a break from the hot tools! She said the hair dryer isn’t as bad as your curling iron and flat iron, so try to put the hot tools away for a month or two and give your hair a rest from the heat. If you can avoid the blow dryer, too? Even better. But that one’s a little tough for me!


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Always use a heat protectant spray before blow drying or using any sort of hot tool! Do whatever you can to prevent damage from heat. I’ve been a long-time fan of Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Protectant Spray. Just spritz a few times on wet or dry hair before using any sort of hot tool or blow dryer.


Sounds a bit drastic, but avoiding putting your hair up in a bun, braid, or ponytail is recommended for preventing breakage. The more you can do to prevent breakage, the healthier your hair will be, and the quicker it will grow.

Do you have any tips for growing out your hair quickly? Let me know!

See more at Advice from a Twenty Something, and take a look at these celeb hair transformations in the gallery below for inspiration:

10 PHOTOS Celeb Hair Transformations 2015 See Gallery 7 tips for growing out your hair (when you’re impatient) Well that’s a new look! Hilary Duff, 27, debuted an ocean-colored hue on Instagram and jokingly said, “Mermaids luuh sushi💙💚 #sugarfish.”

Idina Menzel was apparently ready to let go over her dark tresses. The “Frozen” star took a page from Elsa’s book and dyed her hair a bright, platinum blonde. Do you like the look?

Pete Wentz typically keeps his short buzz cut dark brown, but the Fall Out Boy rocker went for a bright bold fuschia color just in time for spring. The 35-year-old took to Instagram to share the news and said, “You’re a cherry blossom. @michpugh for the hook up.”

Talk about a scandal! Right before her guest appearance on the hit ABC show, Lena Dunham buzzed her locks in favor of a short coif. Of her new ‘do she said, “Zero prep required with my new ‘do by my hair’s soulmate @rheannewhite ❤️❤️❤️” Dunham wasn’t the only actress debut a new spring chop! Jessica Alba took her shoulder-length locks up a few inches and took to Instagram to share the news. “Uh oh someone chopped off her hair!” It looks like January Jones would love a role in “Grease.” The stunning star rocked a light pink ‘do and said, “Call me “Frenchie”.. Thanks for the dip @jenniferjbeauty.”

Kim Kardashian knows how to make a bold statement! Kanye’s leading lady went from the dark side to the bright side with hew new platinum hairdo, which she debuted at Paris Fashion Week.

Nicole Richie is no stranger to playing with hair color. The House of Harlow designer recently hit the town with bright pink tresses. The look is a nice change from her typical lavender locks. Whoa! We almost didn’t recognize you, Chrissy Teigen. The supermodel switched out her light locks for a very ‘dark, very voluminous hairdo! Lauren Conrad didn’t go for a super wild change this year, but the fashionista did stay on trend with her cropped coif. HIDE CAPTION SHOW CAPTION of SEE ALL BACK TO SLIDE

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Matt Damon Has A Ponytail Now, But How Did His Hair Grow So Fast? Spoiler Alert: He Hid It With Hats

If you thought shocking hair transformations were exclusive to only female Hollywood celebrities, you thought wrong. Matt Damon debuted a new ponytail on Thursday during a press conference in Beijing for his upcoming film The Great Wall, and to be honest, it looks pretty badass. While I totally dig these newly long tresses, I can’t help but wonder — how the hell did he grow his hair out so fast?! Is it just me, or did does it seem like he magically sprouted it overnight? Whatever his secret is, I need to know it immediately.

This sleek new style is giving the man-bun a serious run for its money. But who would have thought that Damon would be the trendsetter for the new scruffy look? He is pretty much the very epitome of clean cut, right?

Speculations over the new ‘do began this morning, with tons of fans left confused as to how no one took note of this sudden metamorphosis. I swear he had a buzz cut, like yesterday. The only logical explanation has got to be that he is pulling a Kim Kardashian and has been hiding his new mane under a series of hats. Come to think of it, I have been seeing him rocking a lot of hats lately.

If you haven’t seen the pony tail yet, prepare to be amazed.

So swoon worthy.

Here are photos of Matt rocking multiple hats, proving he has been hiding that ponytail for a very long time.

1. The Full Coverage Cap

The actor was spotted in L.A. a couple of months ago donning a wool hat that covers his entire head. Is it possible a ponytail is hiding under there? I think so.

2. The Oversized Baseball Cap

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See how this baseball cap is kind of ill-fitting aka, really loose? He is obviously hiding some wavy locks under there.

3. The Super Stretchy Hat

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This hat looks like it has got a lot of room to stretch out, if you know what I mean.

Welp, it looks like he fooled us with all that ill-fitting headgear!

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Beaucarnea recurvata (syn Nolina recurvata) is also known as the Ponytail Palm and is widely used in landscaping as well as indoor plant. This is an excellent easy care plant outdoors as well and can to create a tropical look near pools.

Grown for the interesting swollen trunk as well as the ‘Ponytail’ foliage. The trees that are mostly sold have a single head. However over time they can develop a number of heads. The swollen trunk give it another common name of ‘Elephants foot Palm’.

The base of the plant or ‘Caudex’ can spread to around 1 metre in very mature specimens.

Grown as indoor plants they are easy care and long lived.

In containers, these are a very slow growing tree. In ideal conditions, outdoors, and over time they can get to nearly 10 metres in height. These large mature plants will flower, producing a large creamy white plume on the crown of the plant.

Beaucarnea recurvata Care and Pruning

  • Plant Type – Small Tree
  • Country of origin – Eastern Mexico and Nearby areas.
  • Common Name – Ponytail Palm
  • Growth Rate – Slow
  • Evergreen / Deciduous – Evergreen
  • Soil – Well drained with extra water over summer
  • Position – Full sun to part shade
  • Height – To 10m but very slow growing and will be restricted in height if container grown.
  • Width – To 3m over time.
  • Habit – Upright with single trunk, developing a broader crown eventually.
  • Root System – Not regarded as invasive they are fibrous and naturally shallow in habit.

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Ponytail Palm Care Guide


Beaucarnea grows slowly at the best of times and although the plant will do OK in a slightly shady spot, it does need bright light for success. If you can provide some sun you will see the plant converting this into lush new visible leaves, i.e. more light equals more growth.


At the base of the Ponytail Palm is a very thick swollen stem that has a woody appearance. This is actually a water storage organ, which is capable of supporting the plant in times of drought.

You should aim to water at least a few times a month (once a week in the height of Summer if possible) and when you do so, make sure it’s a thorough watering. The water reserves will support the plant if you forget to water it from time to time, but don’t make this into a habit or you will get a surviving rather than thriving plant.


The leaf edges and tips of your plant will brown if the humidity is very low, but otherwise humidity isn’t overly important.


A light feed once every few weeks in Spring and Summer. A general fertiliser will be fine.


When it comes to temperature requirements unlike most house plants the Ponytail Palm is close to being hardy and will accept almost sub zero temperatures. Exposing your plant to such a low temperature however would surely be by accident and not a regular occurrence right? *wink*.

Aim for no lower than 7°C / 45°F and although higher temperatures will be accepted, try to achieve 21°C / 70°F to provide good growing conditions.

One of our readers, Lynda, has had the larger palm in this photo for over 10 years. The smaller plants are new additions to the family


If growing well you could be repotting once a year. If conditions are not so good or you want to restrict the size of the plant, only repot every 2 or 3 years. No special soil or tips need to be followed when you do change the pot other than form an appearance and cosmetic point of view you might want to try and go for a tall container to help keep the long leaves from dragging along the ground.


Propagating a Ponytail Palm is pretty difficult because it’s done typically through the offsets it periodically produces. The difficultly is that the offsets depend on the parent plant and don’t establish their own roots very quickly. This means if you separate an offset too early then it will rely on you to get things spot on.

None of the Our House Plants.com team have propagated a Ponytail Palm, but if you give it a try you might like to use a rooting hormone to increase your chances. Conditions should then be provided as above.

Speed of Growth

Very slow or non existent growth if light levels are poor or you never water the plant. Otherwise expect slow growth.

Height / Spread

Most Ponytail Palms in the home will never reach this height, but out in their natural habitats they can almost touch the sky at a whopping 15 feet / 4.5 meters.


Yes this house plant does have flowers! But very rarely indoors and even if you do get them, they are unremarkable.

Is the Ponytail Palm Poisonous?

No, the Ponytail Palm is not toxic to dogs, cats or people.

Anything else?

Because the Ponytail Palm is so well adapted to storing water, you may find it listed as either a succulent or a foliage plant. In addition in temperate regions it may be sold as a garden rather than indoor plant. Only buy plants called Beaucarnea, or Nolina “Recurvata”.

Ponytail Palm Problems

Crispy brown tips on my palm

This tends to happen with both age and also if the humidity is very low. Once brown the green isn’t coming back so cut the tips off. Try to find ways to increase humidity to prevent this happening in the future.

Scale insects

Scale is an annoying insect that sucks sap from the leaves disrupting normal plant function and growth. Look for small brown discs scatted over the leaves, you need to remove these in order to kill the insects (and the eggs) underneath them. To do this use a cotton wool bud soaked in methylated spirit, and rub over the discs, this will dissolve the scale and allow it to be removed from the leaves.

Mealy bugs

Mealybugs are another sap-sucking insect pest. They look somewhat like woodlice covered in white cotton wool. The removal is the same as for Scale insects detailed above, (although you may be able to do without the methylated spirit and use water if you prefer not to use harsh chemicals).

My Ponytail Palm isn’t growing

As long as you haven’t confused no growth with slow growth, check for Scale and Mealy bugs. A bright spot, good temperature and regular watering is essential to getting the plant to grow.

If all these conditions have already been met, consider repotting or as a last resort increasing your feeding routine (don’t increase the dosage, just do it more frequently).

About the Author

Tom Knight

Over the last 20 years Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need. He is the main content writer for the Ourhouseplants Team.

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The Ponytail Palm Tree, scientific name Beaucarnea recurvata, is well-known because of its stunning trunk that is greatly swollen at the base making this palm look like a giant onion. This slow growing palm is great for small gardens. This palm can tolerate temperatures down to 15F and can be grown in states like Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.

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Ponytail Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Beaucarnea recurvata

Common names: The Ponytail Palm is also known as Pony Tail Palm, Elephant-Foot Tree, Elephant Foot, Monja, and Palma culona.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Mexico.

Appearance: Young Ponytail Palm has no trunk, but as the palm matures it develops a brownish-gray bark that is greatly swollen at the base, reaching up to 12ft in diameter. When the palm is only few years old it has a single smooth trunk topped with crown of dark green fronds, but eventually develops a few branches.

Ribbon-like leaves grow in clustered at the tips of branches. Thin leaves are 6ft long and only 1 inch wide. They emerge in a fountain-like fashion, curling downward. The cascading nature of the leaves gives much the appearance of a pony’s tail, hence the name Ponytail Palm.

Flowers/Fruits: Mature Ponytail Palm produces creamy-white flowers in spring or summer. They bloom for several weeks two or three times a year. Flowers grow in clusters on long inflorescence that extend longer than the leaves. Male and female flowers are born on separate plants. Flowers are followed by reddish small fruit, about 1/2 inch long.

Growth Rate: Slow. The Beaucarnea recurvata is a slow growing palm that can get up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide, but rarely exceeds 10ft.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. The Ponytail Palm is a great indoor plant as long as you have enough light in the room.

Cold Tolerance: Beaucarnea recurvata can tolerate cold down to 15F when mature enough. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

There is a great book, written by David A. Francko that I really like, it’s called “Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas”. It goes into the details on how you can grow cold hardy palms in zones 7, 6 and even 5. This is the perfect foundation book for the gardener who would like to see a banana next to his cherry tree and a palm between his maples. It got great reviews and 5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.

Light Req: Full sun to Partial shade. It prefers full sun but can also grow in partial shade.

Water Req: Moderate. Beaucarnea recurvata are closely related to Yuccas and thrive under the same conditions. It tolerates drought very well. It likes moist, but well drained soil. Allow the soil to dry between watering because it is easy to over water this palm.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by separation of offsets.

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Ponytail Palm Care Instructions

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Often mistaken for a palm (hence it’s common name), this odd looking plant is actually a semi-succulent. Another common name for it is Elephants foot.

This quirky plant is super easy to take care of and, as its swollen base stores water, it is a great water wise plant. For plant lovers that are a little forgetful about watering, this plant is ideal! It is a slow grower under the best circumstances, so a little patience is required.

Keep the cluster of long slim leaves at the top of the plant dust free by misting them with room temperature water and wiping them with a soft cloth.

If you want to keep your plant small or constrain its size, keep it in a small pot. You can incrementally repot it into larger pots until it reaches the desired size.

As Ponytail Palms are very hardy there are very few problems associated with them.

Common Symptoms

  • Crispy brown tips on the leaves: this will happen due to age and also if the humidity is very low. Once they have turned brown they will not go green again. Cut the brown tips off and look for ways to improve the humidity conditions to prevent future brown leaf tips.
  • Dry, brown foliage and shriveled stem are a sign of underwatering. Although the plant can survive without water for long stretches, it’s not invincible! Adjust watering schedule.
  • Light new growth accompanied by stem or root rot are signs that you are overwatering your plant. Let the soil dry out before you water the plant again. Remember that the base or bulb of the plant stores water and the plant won’t need water as regularly as most other house plants.
  • Mealy bugs and scale are insects that may infest your Ponytail Palm. They suck sap from the leaves and disrupt the plant’s normal growth and plant functions. Remove topically with a soft tissue and treat with an organic pesticide, such as Neem Oil.

Care Instructions

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: Can reach up to 2m
  • Light: Likes very bright, indirect light or full sun.
  • Water: Always allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering. During the warmer months, you may need to water the Ponytail Palm more often due to the warm weather. During winter water it just enough to prevent it from drying out completely. When in doubt, do not water!
  • Temperature: Ponytail Palms like warm temperatures above15°C.Although the can survive continuous temperatures lower than 15°C, they do not grow well.
  • Soil: As the soil of the Ponytail Palm needs to dry out, use a potting mix that drains well. This will help prevent overwatering.
  • Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer diluted by half. Don’t feed in winter.
  • Repotting: If the plant is growing well and your aim is to grow a large tree, you can repot it every year. If the growing conditions are not the best or if you want to restrict the size of the plant, only repot the Ponytail Palm every 2-3 years.
  • Pruning: Remove any yellow or leaves developing brown/black spots immediately.
  • Propagation: Offsets: If your plant sprouts out little offsets from its base, they can be removed in spring and potted in their own containers. These offsets may prove a little difficult to grow, however. If they are removed from the parent plant too early they will not produce roots and will die. Consider using a rooting hormone to improve success.

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Ponytail “Palm”

Tree-sized ponytail plant (Beaucarnea recurvata) outside a home in South Florida. ©Stephen Brown, UF/IFAS Extension Lee County.

The ponytail “palm” (Beaucarnea recurvata) might not be a real palm, but it is a great South Florida plant. This tree-sized succulent is a member of the agave family and is named for the long, delicate leaves that drape over the branches, giving it a “ponytail” effect.


The ponytail palm makes a great specimen plant. In South Florida, it’s mostly seen on front lawns for its dramatic effect. Being from the dry regions of Mexico, ponytail palm is well suited for rock gardens or for the cooler parts of the state, as a container houseplant.

The plant commonly doesn’t grow more than 20 feet tall. The base of the trunk forms a woody, light brown and very broad stem-root called a caudex measuring up to 7 feet across. Branches are formed just above the top of the caudex but more commonly several feet above the caudex from one or more main trunks. The light green leaves are long and thin and cascade in tufts at the ends of the few branches. Throughout the year, the older bottom leaves dry and eventually fall away from the tuft.

Long, showy, creamy-white inflorescence appear above the foliage on some or all of the branches in spring or summer. They persist for several weeks and are at first erect but droop with age or when becoming heavy with small capsules. Some plants will flower two or even three times per year.

Planting and Care

South Florida gardeners can plant ponytail palm in full or part sun in well-drained soil; it’s hardy only in zones 10A to 11. If you are moving a plant that has been growing inside to the outdoors, be sure you transition it slowly. Plants need to be gradually exposed to the different temperature and sun exposure that the outdoors have to offer.

For a neater appearance, seed heads can be gently pulled away from the plant, if you can reach them safely.

The plant easily establishes and is quite drought tolerant throughout the year. However, supplemental irrigation in the dry season produces darker green leaves and less tendency for leaf fall. This is mostly a pest-free plant, although rot of the caudex and tips of branches have been reported.

A newly flowering ponytail palm. ©Stephen Brown, UF/IFAS Extension Lee County.

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