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Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm - Hydroculture

Size Guide
SIZE: Hydro Pot Size x Total Height
Hydro Pot Size
22 diam/19 tall
Size Tip: Fits in a pot with a 35-37cm external diameter

Item Delivery: 1-2 weeks


How To Assemble Hydroculture Plants

Hydroculture Plant: Requires a hydro kit
Add A Hydro Kit

A delightful fan palm, with large, thick leaves, that are wider than many other palms and blunt tipped. Rhapis excelsa bears rhizome offshoots, leading to clusters of upright stems, perfect for a flourish of lush interior greenery. Thick fibres envelop new stems, these fall away in time to reveal bamboo-like trunks, and give the palm its other common name: Bamboo Palm.

The hydroculture version of Rhapis excelsa is a versatile slow growing palm that adapts extremely well to being grown indoors in a container. It is not fussy about light or humidity, being one of the more shade tolerant palms. What’s more, Rhapis excelsa is number two on the list of top houseplants for removing unwanted pollutants from the surrounding air according to Dr Wolverton/NASA study (with the Areca Palm being number 1). All in all, the perfect, well-behaved indoor palm!

Hydroculture - Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm Care & Info Guide

Hydroculture Plant: Requires hydroculture assembly with hydrogranules, water meter, plant pot liner and plant food.
How To Assemble Hydroculture Plants

Light: Thrives in most light requirements, except direct sun. Shade tolerant, making it ideal for homes and offices.

Water: Water when the water meter has been on minimum for 2-3 days.

Temperature: Happy in anything from -5 to 37°C.

Humidity: Normal household conditions.

Feed: Add a hydroculture liquid feed every 2 to 3 waterings during spring/summer. Hydroculture Plant Food

Care Tips: Rhapis excelsa leaves often have brown tips, which can be trimmed if required, however do not cut into the green flesh of the leaf.

Air Purifying: A top house plant for purifying and filtering the air.

Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 3-4m, however very slow growing.

Origin: Cultivar: Rhapis are native to South-Eastern Asia.

The Hydro Kit - For Hydroculture Assembly


Hydroculture Plants FAQs

Hydroculture plants are a form of hydroponic cultivation. Instead of using soil, plants are grown using mineral nutrient solutions dissolved in water.

Fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers are often commercially grown in a hydroponic system with the plant roots sitting directly in a nutrient rich water bath.

When it comes to indoor plants, the plant roots are supported in a grow pot filled with hydrogranules or expanded clay pebbles which hold the nutrient solution for the plant to absorb.

Hydrogranules are manufactured from clay pellets that are baked at high temperatures to make them expand, a process a bit like making popcorn. We only use the highest quality hydrogranules for horticulture made from purified and homogenised baked clay.

Traditionally hydrogranules have been used by interior designers for indoor plants in commercial settings such as offices, where easy-care greenery is essential. The open structure of the hydrogranules creates the optimum conditions for indoor plants to thrive as well as simplifying maintenance requirements.

In a word “Yes”. Hydroculture plants have a lot of benefits over soil plants:

Moisture Levels: The open structure of the hydrogranules creates optimum moisture levels around the roots of the plant. Water stored in hydrogranules below the roots will be gently drawn up through capillary action for the roots to absorb. No more dried out roots or root rot.

Watering: A water meter on the side of the grow pot indicates the amount of water left in the hydrogranule reservoir below the roots. When it reaches the minimum level simply top it back up to the optimum level. The plant will pull water from the hydrogranules according to its needs so there is no risk of over or under watering.

Root Health: The open structure of our pH neutral hydrogranules allows air to circulate around the roots keeping them healthy and because they do not compact over time there is no need to top up.

Hydroculture plants are adapted to these conditions and develop a smaller more fleshy root system making the plant more hardy and in a smaller growpot meaning you have a wider choice of planter styles. The requirement to repot as the plant grows is also significantly reduced.

Pest Control: Hydrogranules are an inert medium that is less susceptible to pests, fungi and bacteria which means healthier plants with less risk of disease.

Not all of our indoor plant range is available as a hydroculture version. Typically larger plants are available as hydroculture plants as our growers have to invest resources into adapting the plants from soil (where they start their lives) to hydroculture and therefore the focus is on the more popular varieties.

However, as people become aware of the benefits of hydroculture over soil the variety of hydroculture plants available continues to increase.

When you buy a hydroculture plant, you need a few other bits and pieces to assemble the plant in your chosen planter or plant pot. Think of getting a hydroculture plant as a solution that needs to be assembled rather than just a plant.

We have a simple step by step video guide below to assembling the hydroculture plant in a plant pot but essentially you need 5 things for hydro heaven:

  1. The hydroculture plant in its hydroculture grow pot.
  2. A water meter to slot into the side of the hydroculture grow pot.
  3. A waterproof plastic liner for your decorative pot. Each hydroculture plant has an associated hydro kit that includes a waterproof liner to fit the hydroculture grow pot of the plant and a size tip to help you choose a decorative pot that will accommodate the specified waterproof pot liner for the plant.
  4. Extra hydrogranules to fill around the grow pot and make a nice finish on top.
  5. Hydroculture plant food, specifically formulated for use with hydrogranules.

Hydroculture Planter Assembly

The amount of hydrogranules you need for assembling the plant in a plant pot depends on the size of the decorative plant pot you are using for your hydroculture plant and how much you need to build up the base of the pot to sit the liner at the correct height for the plant to look good. (Assuming you are using hydrogranules as void fill below the pot liner).

Our hydrogranules are available in 10 litre bags and as a rough guide we recommend the following number of bags based on the external diameter of the plant pot you are using.

External Diameter of Decorative Pot/Planter
28cm or less 29 - 34cm 35 - 38cm 39 - 40cm 41 - 44cm 44 - 48cm
1 Bag 2 Bags 3 Bags 4 Bags 5 Bags 6 Bags

Note: Number of bags assumes void filling the base beneath the liner with hydrogranules.

Note: For taller style planters add an additional 1 - 2 Bags depending on size, for building up the base.

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