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|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Latin name:||Rhapis excelsa|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Preferred location:||Half shadow, Shadow|
You have several options upon receipt of your Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa):
- Cover the base of an attractive planter with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. A pot with holes in the base on a dish is preferable. Stand your plant in the planter, nursery pot and all. Water immediately.
- Remove from the nursery pot and pot up in a nice planter with holes in the base and standing on a dish. Cover the holes in the pot with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. Add fresh potting compost and stand the root ball at the correct height in the pot. Fill the pot with more compost (to around 3 cm below the edge of the pot) and press firmly down. Water immediately.
- Just stand your plant on a dish, still in its nursery pot. Water immediately. Be sure not to leave it standing in drainage water for more than 24 hours but do not allow it to dry out.
The best spot for this large house plant
The most perfect spot for your Rhapis excelsa is:
- Somewhere with lots of light but is protected from the full blast of the midday sun. Mornings and evenings are not a problem and will even be appreciated! About 3 metres from the window would probably be ideal. This plant tolerates quite a bit of shade and even 6 metres from a window should cause no problems.
- Somewhere warm - between 18 and 23 degrees centigrade. If you have underfloor heating, so much the better. Standing your Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) above a radiator is not a good idea as your plant will dry out all the quicker with a resulting loss of leaf or leaves that turn brown.
Water your Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) regularly (2x a week in the summer, once a week in the winter) keeping the root ball moist at all times. Feed monthly during the growing season (February – August) adding green houseplant food when watering.
In summer the Broadleaf Lady Palm can be stood outdoors in its planter on the patio or decking. Do bring back indoors when temperatures falls below 10 degrees centigrade (around the end of September).
The Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) is one of the Arecaceae family. It is a slow grower but very strong.
Originating in the forests of sub-tropical Southern China it is accustomed to shade and relatively dry air. Used in those regions as garden décor, it makes a lovely houseplant in temperate climes.