It's not difficult to see how this exotic palm received its name. Clusters of pleated fan-like leaves dart out from long sleek canes, delicately gliding through the air, as a fish tail would in water. This chevroned foliage is reminiscent of relaxation and luxury in wealthy, exotic lands, evolving your interior into a calm and tranquil hideaway.
Light: Prefers bright indirect light with some light shade. Avoid direct sun and deep shade to prevent scorching and stunting.
Water: Palms are thirsty plants. Try to keep the soil consistently moist (but not sodden) at all times, ensuring plenty of drainage. Water well in the summer, but less in the winter. Ideally, let the soil dry out at the surface before re-watering.
Temperature: Average household temperatures between 15-25°C are fine, although, the warmer the better. Will not tolerate temperatures below 13°C.
Humidity: Palms enjoy high humidity levels. Place on a shallow gravel tray filled with water and mist regularly. Ideal in kitchens and bathrooms.
Feed: Liquid fertiliser can be applied during the growing season, once a month or so should be sufficient. View Plant Nutrition
Care Tips: Avoid using leaf shine on palms. Remove any dying stems at the base of the cane. Don’t trim any leaf tips as this will prevent further growth.
Air Purifying: Palms clean and improve air quality by filtering formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide toxins from the surrounding environment.
Height and Growth Rate: This slow growing palm can reach a height of 20m in its natural environment, although indoors it will only reach a height of up to 2m.
Toxicity: Fruits are toxic however Caryota mitis is unlikely to flower or fruit indoors.
Origin: Tropical Asia.
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