BOTANICAL NAME: Rhapis excelsa
COMMON NAME: Lady Palm
DESCRIPTION: Bushy miniature clumping fan palm with bamboo like canes covered with coarse fibre. Leaves are leathery, glossy green and are divided into 3-10 broad segments. (Rhapis humilis has thinner leaves, more graceful stems and is less vigorous).
LIGHT/POSITION: Medium to high light but will tolerate low light for short periods. Warm to cool room temperatures make them very adaptable.
WATERING: Evenly moist during the growing period, allowing top of soil to dry out between watering. Slow growing. Do not overwater.
CLEANING: Spray and wipe of leaves regularly to remove dust and detect spider mite and mealybug.
PESTS: Use neem soap regularly, particularly in dry conditions. Root mealy bugs can damage young plants and hide and breed among the fibrous matting or the stems.
DISEASES: Not usual.
FERTILISING: Apply weak liquid fertiliser in the growing season only, about once a month.
PRUNING: Remove lower leaves as they die off. Propagate from suckers at the base of the plant in spring.
PRESENTATION: Should be well grown with bushy thick foliage.
GENERAL INFORMATION: A “status” plant – ideal for boardrooms and foyer presentations.