20 Gallon
Palm / European Fan
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Palm / European Fan

Latin Name:

Chamaerops humilis

Plant Type:

Palm

Description:

The fan leaves are tufted at the top of stems clothed with fibers from old leaf bases. Stalks of the leaves are spiny along the edges. Slow growing and able to be kept in a container for many years before reaching even six feet (2m) in height

Origin:

Mediterranean

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Low 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.

Watering:

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

Fertilizer:

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

Propagation:

Suckers and seeds at anytime. 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. Remove suckers and plant in the palm’s regular potting mix.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Never let this plant sit in water and regularly clean the leaves with a damp cloth. Put the plant somewhere free from drafts and ensure that it has good drainage.

Is Genus:

No

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