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Rhapis Palm Plant Care

Posted by Alexander Holdinghausen on

Palms are robust, low maintenance, and a classic addition to any plant collection. Though Palms are unmistakably tropical, their elegant fronds will complement any decor. Palms tend to grow slowly, so you don’t need to worry about them outgrowing their spot too quickly.

 

Light

Your Rhapis Palm prefers bright indirect light, but can easily adapt to low or medium indirect light. Do not place your plant in full sun as it can burn.

Water

Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out, and then water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole. Never let your plant sit in water or soggy soil, as it can lead to root rot or leaf spot. If you allow your plant to dry out completely, you might see brown leaf edges.

Humidity

Your Rhapis Palm will do well in average home humidity, but will appreciate added humidity from a humidifier, misting, or pebble tray.

Temperature

Your Rhapis Palm does well in normal room temperatures between 15–25 degrees. They will not tolerate temperatures below 10 degrees, as colder temperatures may lead to leaf damage.

Food

Feed your Rhapis once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Toxicity

Your Rhapis Palm is considered to be non-toxic according to the ASPCA.

Additional Care

You might occasionally see brown tips on your plant’s leaves. The most common causes for this include drying out too much, extreme heat, or excess minerals in your tap water. If you see brown tips, try watering more often and using filtered or rainwater.


 

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