Aug 072016
 

Sabal minor

How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular variety. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all Indoor Plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

One of the dramatic fan palms and perfect in pots due to generally remaining under 1m in height. Extraordinarily tolerant and adds flair and drama to the indoors. The only problem is sourcing one – hard to find. Can have blue / green tones to the leaf and is very long lived – one of those palms that can be passed down the generations. Has a subterranean trunk, so can look as if the fronds are emerging from the soil.

Watering
Only water once the top 3cm of potting mix has dried out. Over watering can lead to root rot. It is very important that Palms do not sit in water, put pot on feet to keep it out of any water collecting in the slip pot or saucer.

Light
Bright indirect light or sun – but full summer sun may scorch leaves.

Temperature and Humidity
Will take any temperature you throw at it. Happy in humidity conditions from dry to humid.

Fertilising
A slow release fertiliser in spring.

Maintenance
Give an annual flush out to remove any accumulated salts.

Repotting
Generally every second year – the subterranean trunk will push up and out of the pot – repot when this occurs. Use cacti and succulent potting mix, or another similarly free draining sandy mix. Go up only one pot size and try to damage the roots as little as possible during the process.

Problems
Scale, mealy bugs and mites can occasionally be a problem. Wipe down with neem oil occasionally as a preventative and treatment. If insects persist, use confidor tablets.