RHAPIS EXCELSA PALM, or Lady Palm, is a great indoor houseplant. The fan-like fronds are a shiny, glossy green when healthy. Rhapis Palms will tolerate lower light than many other palms, making it a good choice for the home or office.
Origin: Southern China & Taiwan
Light: try to keep this palm in bright, indirect light all day. Some early morning sun is fine. In low light, Rhapis Palm will lose inner and lower fronds.
Water: In low to medium light , water when the potting soil has dried almost completely to the bottom. In a bright light placement, water when the potting media has dried down about 1/2 of its total depth. Do not allow Rhapis Palm to wilt, it will not recover well.
Humidity: Mist the leaves several times a week with a spray bottle. Mist your plant more frequently in the summer growing season- the more water you can supply the blooms, the healthier it will be.
Temperature: Growth may cease completely below 70 F, but will resume when warmer weather returns. In winter, Rhapis plants need a 6 week rest period at a with little water. This allows the plant to flower profusely again in the following season.
Soil: Any good potting mix that drains well (acidic is preferred). Soil density should be firm and allow water to slowly filter through.
Fertilizer: Rhapis are relatively slow-growing plants and need very little fertilizer. Leaf color is one of the best guide:
- Rich green indicates fertilizer levels are adequate
- Slight overall yellowish color may mean the to apply nutrients
Eliminates: Their large, dark leaves suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene
Palms love bright filtered or indirect sunlight. Palms can suffer from too much or too little light. Keep them in the balcony or near a window with bright light. Use fertiliser sparingly in summers only.