15 Gallon
Palm / Chinese Fan
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Palm / Chinese Fan

Latin name:

Livistona chinensis

Plant Type:



Big fan leaves divided about halfway to the middle, and with these divided sections drooping. A large trunk will form eventually but small plants will give several years of service in the house before this occurs.




Suitable for the home or a greenhouse








Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care


50-75°F, 10-24°C


Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.


Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings. Remember to reduce watering during the winter. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.


Feed monthly with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, scale and spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.


Seeds in the spring. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Top dress with new soil every year. Clean the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Air Purifier:

A good remover of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere.

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