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Rhapis excelsa is also known as Rhapis palm or the lady palm. The plant is widely grown all around the world as a houseplant, owing to its ornamental features. It belongs to the Arecaceae family. The plant is considered to be a native of Southern China.
The Rhapis palm or the lady palm is scientifically known as Rhapis excelsa.
The plant is a native of southern China and is well known for its ornamental features. The plant belongs to the family Arecaceae.
The Lady palm is fairly easy to maintain if the basic care is provided.
The plant thrives well in both indoor and outdoor setting. The plant can tolerate tropical and subtropical temperatures.
The plant grows well in a temperature range of 20 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The plant can grow up to 14 feet of height and covers an area of 14 feet too.
The plant can grow well in well-drained and moderately fertile soil.
The use of pebbles and sand is preferred in order to increase drainage.
The light requirement of the Rhapis palm is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of dappled light during summer
During winter, the plant should be placed in a region that gets light shade.
The Lady palm has moderate water requirements.
The plant requires being watered liberally during the summer. Proper drainage must also be ensured.
Watering amount may be reduced during winter. The plant can be watered once in a month or once in every alternate week basing upon the temperature.
The plant is easy to propagate. The ideal method of propagation is by the division of offsets.
The ideal time for propagation is spring or early summer.
The mature plants can be divided or small suckers can be separated from the base and planted independently.
The plant requires an application of liquid fertilizer diluted to half the normal strength during the summer months.
During the winter months, fertiliser has to be supplied every other month.
The fertilizer can be supplied at the roots and sprayed on the leaves.
The Lady palm provides an excellent look and is considered best for indoor cultivation.
The plant can also grow in gardens owing to its ornamental features.