The Q&A Archives: Rhapis Palms

Question: I purchased a 6 feet tall Rhapis Palms about a month ago at Home Depot. I've been watering the plants about once every 1 or 2 weeks spam, but then the leafs started to shrink and branches lean foward as time goes by. The leafs feel dry dry but still showing dark green, please advise the possible problems, thank you.

Answer: I don't think you can water your palms on a rigid schedule. Instead, water thoroughly and then check the soil's moisture content by digging down into the soil. If it is still damp 2" below the surface you won't need to water for a few days. If it is dry, it is time to water again. When you water, apply water slowly so it has a chance to percolate down and wet the entire root mass. I think you'll see a big improvement with your palm trees once you start supplying the water they need to establish their root systems in your landscape. By this fall they should be established and you can water every week or two. Best wishes with your palms!

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