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Tips for Care - Little lady Palm (Chamaerops Excelsa)

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Tips for Care - Little lady Palm (Chamaerops Excelsa)

Little lady palm is native to Southern China and Taiwan. It can survive in low light, low humid environments and has a slow to moderate growth rate. Its suitability for small pots makes this an ideal indoor palm plant. These do not come from the wild but have come from many varieties cultivated probably by the Japanese Shogunate. This plant was spread to Europe and then to the USA. This plant appears in Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers.

  1. Potting – This palm is adaptable to all soil types. The best mix can be neutral to slightly acid soils with good drainage and organic matter. Use a soil-based potting mixture. Pot them in small pots with drainage holes. Do not move these palms into larger pots more often than once in two years.

  2. Watering Requirement – Water actively growing plants moderately, giving enough at each watering to make the potting mixture moist throughout but allowing the top centimeter (0.4 inches) or so of the mixture to dry out before watering again. During winters, water more sparingly, allowing the top 5 cm (2 inches) to dry out between watering. So once every two days in summers and once every 5-7 days in winters.

  3. Light Requirement – Grow these plants in bright filtered light. During the winter months, however, please provide them with three to four hours of direct sunlight each day, so best is to place them on a balcony or verandah during winters.

  4. Propagation – This plant produces suckers at the base during the flowering season (spring), which can be used for propagation. These plants can also be propagated by using seeds, but that is quite a lengthy process. Outdoors it propagates through rhizome offshoots.

  5. Fertilization – Once every month, apply liquid NPK fertilizer.

General Tips – Scales and mealybugs are significant pests. Scales can be removed physically by using high-pressure jet water, but maybe chemical plus physical treatment is required for mealybugs. Though physically, mealybugs will go away, they will return unless insecticides are used. Slow to moderate growth rate and suitability for small pots planting, making this an ideal indoor palm plant. These do not come from the wild but have come from many varieties cultivated probably by the Japanese Shogunate. This was spread to Europe and then to the USA. This plant appears in Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers.