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Rhapis Excelsa Palm makes a great indoor plant and should do well in either your home or office. 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 plant for just about anyone. It is also one of the easier palms to care for.
Rhapis excelsa is a fan palm. Although most fan palms are seldom sold as houseplants and will mostly be found in large interiorscapes because of their size and spread, the Rhapis Palm is well suited to life in the home. It has more of an upright growth habit than many other fan palms. It has a fairly tough constitution.
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Temperatures between 60° and 80°F are best to keep your Rhapis palm at its best. The Lady Palm can be kept moderately moist in bright lighting but overwatering can be a problem, especially in lower light. Take care to check soil moisture before watering your Rhapis Palm.
In lower light (50-100 footcandles) Rhapis Palm will lose inner and lower fronds and require diminished watering. For a good looking, healthy specimen try to keep this palm in bright, indirect light all day. Some early morning sun is fine.
Watering Rhapis Palm - In lower 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. Please read sections on watering plants indoor and lighting and plants as these will most impact your plants health.
Palms have different growth habits and leaf types but one thing that is true of all palms is that the growth point is at the tip of each stem. You cannot prune back from this point and get new growth from the cut stem as you might with other plants. You will only stop the growth when you remove this part of the plant. Only cut out trunks when most of the fronds have been lost and cut back to the soil level. This will encourage new shoots from the base of the plant.
Rhapis Palm is often used by interior landscapers because of its tolerance of lower light intensity, lower humidity and of colder temperatures. While not recommended, the Rhapis Palm is capable of surviving fairly low temperatures.
Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips to the natural leaf shape using clean, sharp scissors. Reducing the light intensity a plant is receiving will cause it to eventually drop some inner and lower fronds. Keep these removed as they occur.
Keep your palm's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Rhapis Palms can have problems with mealy bug, thrips, and scale. Sometimes even aphids can be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should control these pests. Insect problems need to be addressed as soon as they are noticed.
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