Plant Profile – Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa is the easiest to care for indoor palm. It has fanned, finger like leaves, deep dark green with clumping bamboo like stems. It will grow indoors, even in low light and in shade outside, it's the palm for even the beginner houseplant enthusiast.
Large fanned glossy, green palmate leaves, deeply divided into broad, ribbed segments, like fingers. Clumping bamboo like stems, wrapped in a fibrous sheath where new foliage emerges . This palm is native to China and Japan.
Bright indirect light/ Part shade. Will tolerate low light.
Water when just dry. Water thoroughly when watering and allow to completely drain (do not sit in water for extended periods). Requires good drainage.
High quality premium potting mix or very well draining soil.
Liquid or slow release fertiliser is recommended to be applied during in the warmer months, choose one suitable for your houseplants and always follow the instructions on the pack for measurements and frequency. This plant doesn’t require fertiliser in the cold of winter.
Follow the above! When choosing a pot - pick one with a drainage hole, and use a saucer to catch escaping water. Empty the saucer after watering. This plant will need repotting only when the roots fill the pot, then repot in Spring.
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