The Q&A Archives: Rhapis Palms

Question: Could you give me some care instructions for rhapis palms? I have always problems with them. Thank you Hermann Fuchs

Answer: Rhapis, the lady palm, is a slow-growing fan palm from 5'-12' tall. It is a popular houseplant, withstanding neglect and poor light, but responding quickly to better light, regular watering and fertilizing. Provide bright, indirect light indoors, and water throughly until the soil is saturated. Wait until the top 1" of soil begins to dry out before watering again. It's possible, if the soil is very dry, that there are air pockets around the roots. Try immersing the pot in a container of water until bubbling stops, then allow to drain. Water as often as necessary to keep the soil from drying out completely. When new growth begins, you can fertilize with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer. I fertilize my indoor palm every 4 weeks with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer to encourage growth all year around. Good luck with your palm!

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