We'll never understand how some women (and men - hello Jonathan Van Ness!) can pull off that fresh-faced, bright-eyed "I woke up like this" look quite literally just by waking up. One hour, two cups of coffee, every potion and elixir promising dewy skin from our medicine cabinet and one "effortless" chambray shirt into our waking day we're looking "I tried really hard and am (kinda) passing" at best. And while that no-makeup made up look will probably always be elusive, we do have one throw-it-together trick up our sleeve down pat: the top knot. As an ode to the hairstyle that gets us through marathon bouquet-making sessions and happy hours alike (and wins forever bonus points because we can do it while our hands are absolutely covered in eucalyptus sap), we bring you Top Knot! She's a sweet, little ponytail palm that bears a striking resemblance to Team Farmgirl's coif of choice. Follow along for our top tips below to keep your new leading lady looking lovely!
Cousins to the Agave, Yucca, and Joshua Tree this Ponytail Palm is a palm only by name! Just like her cousins, this little lady is native to dry, arid climates and will live her best growing life best in bright light. Unlike many other of her plant pals, she won't bake in sunny windows or other spots in direct sunlight. Take advantage of her heartiness and show her off on that sill!
Top Knot prefers to stay on the dry side. Water her as needed but let the soil dry out completely in between hydration sessions. The best part about the brown glass vessel we shipped this babe in is that you can see exactly how much H2O you're giving her. Our suggestion? Start her off on a bimonthly watering schedule. Give her 1/4 cup once every two weeks and adjust as necessary! When in doubt, less is more.
Pro Tip: overwatering is the easiest way to cause root rot and kill your Top Knot. Signs of rot include yellowing leaves and a soft or squishy caudex (that's a fancy way of referring to her base). If you start to notice any changes in color or firmness, hold off on the next watering sessions and pick back up in a month's time. Last, take care to water the soil and not the plant itself. With her complicated tangle of tresses it's easy for water to get trapped inside the palm and cause rot and other issues.
While with the right mix of sunlight and casual watering will result in a perky palm for pretty much forever, she will go the extra mile for you if you repot her every couple years!