Raphis palm is the of the most popular palms of India. It has delicate heads of fan-shaped leaves. Raphis Palm grows happily in the tropical and shady areas receiving little or no sunlight.
Raphis plam likes good air circulation and can look very decorative in staircase, in warm patios in summers, providing it receives little sun. Rhapis plam was listed as one of the best plants for removing toxins in the air by NASA.
Planting and care
- Keep the plant in morning sunlight for atleast 3 to 4 hours or in bright indirect light .
- Protect the Raphis palm from direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage.
- The soil should be well drained and fertile for growing Raphis palm.
- Water the plant when the topsoil (1-2 inch) in pot feels dry to touch.
- Do not overwater the plant.
- Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
- Rhapis palm are sensitive to excess boron, fluoride, and chlorine in water supplies, which will cause fast spreading black tip burn. Use the purest water available until the problem is corrected.
Application of Fertilizer
- During the main growing season (April – August) feed the Raphis palm with organic fertilizer once a month.
- Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
- New fronds come out from the center of the trunk. Trim off lower leaves as they age and become discolored.
- When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
- Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable climatic condition.