chinese fan palm - Knowledgebase Question

columbus, Oh
Question by rjangels718
February 7, 2010
i just purchased one today i would like to repot this plant the container has no holes inthe bottom its a giant pot can i put rocks in the bottom so that it can drain properly,then soil & peat mos mixture?

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2010


Unfortunately, even with the rocks in the bottom of the container, the excess water will remain in the bottom of the container, turn putrid and encourage bacterial growth. Not something you'll want in your home. Rather than planting directly in a container without drainage holes its best to plant your palm in a regular nursery container (with lots of drainage holes) and sink the nursery pot into the opening of the decorative pot. This way you can remove the plant to water it any you can water it thoroughly by simply setting it in the sink or bathtub. I use plastic bags filled with styrofoam peanuts to place inside the decorative container. They will take up space and give the nursery pot a solid place to sit. Best wishes with your new fan palm.

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