Lady Palm Plant
Generally speaking, the “Lady Palm” plant can grow to more than 14’ feet in height. Its clumps can sometimes reach enormous width, so the plant’s width can match its height. Lady Palm has big, thick leaves with blunt tips and wide segments. This is why it’s sometimes known as “broadleaf Lady Palm”. The plant has sturdy canes covered with coarse, dark brown fiber.
The Lady Palm can easily tolerate both tropical and subtropical temperatures ranging from 20 to 100 degrees F. It handles very well both dry and humid climates.
The plant is a good producer of rhizome offshoots, which adds fullness and it makes a good source of material for division. This is why it’s relatively easy to propagate it by division. It’s also possible to start the Lady Palm by seed, but it’s a somewhat rare method.
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Generally speaking, there are two styles of Lady Palms you can find in garden centers and nurseries all around the world: a “butterball” and “open”. A butterball plant is typically grown from seed and it has lots of canes. A 3-4 foot plants can be about 3- 3 ½ food wide. It will have a rich foliage, top to bottom. You will usually find them in pot sizes ranging from 6” to 14”.
The open style is more upright. These have been dug from the field and they tend to be thinner in appearance. On the other hand, these tend to be taller. You will find them in pot sizes ranging from 14” to 28”. The height of these plants range from 5 to 14’. It’s possible to say these are more of a specimen plant so each one has its own unique appearance.
One of the best things about Lady Palms is that they are relatively easy to grow. It’s even possible to say that they are among the easiest palms to grow. However, each variety and species have their own culture and environment requirements you need to meet.
It also means Lady Palms are very versatile. You can use both 6” and 8” potted palms as table top and accent plants. Larger varieties, such as 10” and up, make great standing specimens. The possibilities are endless. Wherever you live and however you choose to grow your Rhapis, it’s possible to make it thrive in your house or garden.
If you choose to grow it indoors, it’s important to provide it with the right amount of light. It’s usually the most important factor for your plant’s health. Rhapis grown inside a house prefers bright, indirect light. It’s therefore best to place it near a window or skylight. However, it’s also easily adaptable to areas with low light.
This is actually one of the most low-light tolerant palms. You may even grow it inside a poorly lit hallways or stairwells. It will grow slowly but steadily. However, to maximize your plant’s growth, it’s best to keep it somewhere with more light. Give it as much light as you can without placing it in full sun. This will make your Lady Palm thrive.