15 Gallon
Palm / Fishtail
7 years ago Posted in: 15 Gallon, All, Palms 0
Palm / Fishtail

Latin name:

Caryota mitis

Plant Type:

Palm

Description:

Large single-stemmed or clumping palms, valued as young plants for their leaves with ôfishtailö shaped leaflets.

Origin:

Indonesia

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Season:

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight

coming from the 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 spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

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:

Direct sunlight and cold drafts should be avoided. Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Good drainage is a necessity. Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. If possible put outside for the summer in bright indirect sunlight.

Air Purifier:

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

Is Genus:

Yes

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