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Plant info Lady Palm

plant info rhapis palmBOTANICAL 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.

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