The lady palm | Rhapis excelsa
Common Name: Lady Palm
Botanical Name: Rhapis excelsa
Other names: Broadleaf Lady palm, Miniature fan palm, Bamboo palm
Origin: Lord Howe (Australian Island)
‘Lady palm’ is one of the best indoor plants due to its various attributes. It has got long dark green leaves to soothe your eyes. Its air purifying quality which provides comfort breathing. And a special humidity control feature to offer you a pleasant environment.
Due to its fan shaped steams, the plant is also known as “Miniature fan palm”. Lady palm growth rate is fairly slow, but it is surely worth the wait as the beauty only grows.
It has an easy tolerance towards low light conditions and strong woody stems which can fill substantial vertical space without spreading too wide. Such exceptional qualities also make this plant adaptable to any interior setting and adds a tropical feel to your room.
Growth Habits: Up to 8 – 20 feet high
Soil Requirement: Well drained
Watering Schedule: Twice a week
Light condition; Part sun/ shade (3-4 hours of sunlight or bright indirect light)
Ideal Temperature: Around 16 – 27 degree Celsius
Repotting instructions: Whenever the plant outgrows in current pot, repot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
Suitable Locations: Shaded balcony, near windows, etc.
- Do not overwater this plant as the roots may start rotting.
- The leaves turning brown from the outer end is the sign of overwatering/ under-watering.
- Keep the plant away from direct harsh sunlight.
- You may trim off lower leaves as they age and become discolored.