Potted Ruffled Fan Palm Care – Growing Ruffled Fan Trees Indoors

Potted Ruffled Fan Palm Care – Growing Ruffled Fan Trees Indoors

By: Raffaele Di Lallo, Author and founder of Ohio Tropics houseplant care blog

Are you looking to grow a ruffled fan palm in a pot? Ruffledfan palms (Licuala grandis) are an unusual and gorgeous species of palm.Ruffled fan palm is native to the Vanuata Islands, located off the coast ofAustralia. It is a very slow growing palm which can reach up to 10 feet (3 m.),but usually closer to just 6 feet (1.8 m.) when grown in a pot. They are grownfor their gorgeous pleated, or ruffled, leaves.

Ruffled Fan Palm Care

Growing ruffled fan tree is pretty easy if you follow thebasic care advice below:

  • The ruffled fan palm houseplant prefers partial to complete shade. It can tolerate more sun when it is more established, but prefers shadier conditions. Too much direct sunlight will turn their leaves brown.
  • This is a fantastic palm to grow in cooler climates since they can tolerate a minimum temperature of about 32 F. (0 C.) when plants are mature enough.
  • The indoor ruffled fan palm tree has average water needs. Allow the surface of the soil to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering further in the winter when growth has slowed down.
  • If you keep potted plants outdoors for part of the year, place them in a sheltered location where they are protected from winds that could tear and damage their leaves.
  • Take special care when around these plants since their leaf edges are quite sharp. In addition, the petioles contain spines.
  • Fertilize regularly during the growing season. These plants are already fairly slow growing, but fertilizer will help. Use a 15-5-10 slow-release fertilizer two or three times a year.

Mature plants will produce an inflorescence and later willproduce green fruit which turns red when ripe. Each berry contains one seedinside. You can propagate these plants by seed, but they can take up to 12months to germinate.

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Hardiness Zone: 10-11 Best for Subtropical to Tropical locations and indoor. Exposition Requires shade when young. It will tolerate full sun once established. It has a single trunk of medium height and impressive undivided circular leaves. The full crown of leaves is very disctinctive. Makes great container specimen. Fertilization 3 times a year.

5885 Licuala grandis - Ruffled Fan Palm

Exotic and very much wanter shade loving palm with beautiful large round leaves. It may tolerate full sun once established. It has a single trunk of medium height and impressive undivided circular leaves. The full crown of leaves is very distinctive. Makes great container specimen and conversation piece for a house plant collection or a greenhouse.
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The Ruffled Fan Palm Tree is an exotic fan palm that is well-known for its stunning dark-green ruffled leaves.
It has a single slender trunk, 4-5 inches in diameter that takes years to develop. The Ruffled Fan Palm is known for its unique palmate, or fan-shape leaves, with attractive splitting patterns that make it stand out in any environment. Leaves are circular, luscious green, glossy, ruffled, hence the name Ruffled Fan Palm, about 22 inches in diameter, with notched tips.The inflorescence emerges from among the leaves bearing bisexual flowers, male and female reproductive organs grow on the same flower. Ruffled Fan Palm produces marble-like green fruit that turns red when ripe. This berry looking fruit is round with a single seed inside.Plant Specifications*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%

Common Name
Vanuatu Fan Palm, Palas Palm

Maximum Reachable Height
5-10 feet.

Difficulty Level
Easy to grow.

Planting and care Make sure to protect it from high winds to avoid frond damage.Ruffled latan palm. care

Partial shade. It grows best in partial shade and should not be exposed to full sun.

It needs a lot of water with good drainage.

It can tolerate cold down to 30F when mature enough. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Ruffled latan palm. uses
Ornamental Use:
This elegant palm tree is great for small yards and can also grow indoors in the container

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