Aug 072016
 

Rhapis excelsa

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.

A striking deep green palm tree with blunt tips in its broad fronds and a sturdy lush look. Not a fast growing palm, a small one can sit on your coffee table for several years before getting too large and needing to move to a roomier position.

Watering
Lady Palm roots will naturally head to the bottom of the pot, ensure the pot is not standing in water, or the roots will rot. Conversely do not allow the pot to dry out, maintain a nice even moistness. Never allow the potting mix to severely dry out or you will damage your Lady Palm. You can apply a mulch layer to the top of the pot.

Light
Prefer good bright indirect light, but can tolerate low light conditions for extended periods of time.

Temperature and Humidity
Tolerates a very wide range of temperatures.

Fertilising
Due to its slow growth it needs very little fertiliser. Apply at half the normal rate.

Maintenance
Lady Palms like to be slightly pot bound, don’t repot too soon. When repotting use a good quality potting mix and pack in firmly.

Problems
Scale is the most common problem and is best treated using confidor tablets

If foliage tips go brown – reduce watering. If you are certain you haven’t been overwatering then it is possibly over fertilising; flush out.

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