Looking for a touch of the tropics in your home or apartment? Order up one of our Rhapis Palm, pour your favorite island drink, and enjoy. Here are some helpful hints on keeping your Lady Palm in great shape for years to come:
While the Florida– and Hawaii-grown Rhapis may differ somewhat in their water-holding capacity, they share the same characteristic – they like an evenly moist rootzone. It should be watered thoroughly, around the entire soil surface, and watered again when the soil feels dry. We’ll add further that, if left to dry-down too much, the lead (apical) buds on the stems can be lost pretty quickly; so, do NOT let it dry down completely – this could kill your pretty expensive palm. Make sure you check it weekly during the first 8 weeks after you get it. See our watering guide for more information.
While this palm has good tolerance for lower light levels, it thrives in moderate and filtered light. So, good filtered natural light or bright florescent light will keep this palm growing strong.
Like other plants right out of nursery production, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it. That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants. Please refer to our plant nutrition guide for details.
A occasional wipe down with a damp cloth will keep your Rhapis looking good. However, a big palm with multiple stems and plentiful leaves can be a challenge to clean. While we still prefer a cleaning regimen with water and a light soap solution, it would be okay to break out the feather duster on this plant. Make sure your feather duster is clean though – it’s a primary way to get bugs from one plant to another.
The older leaves on the Rhapis Palm may turn yellow and brown. No sweat…just prune off the leaf as close to the stem as possible.
The biggest bug problem for this palm is scale. They’ll show up as little brown bumps on the underside of the leaves and can be wiped off. Because scale insects form a waxy proactive coating over their bodies, you will need to apply a little more pressure to dislodge the little boogers from their happy little spot on the underside of the leaves.
Give it a little light, keep the soil moist, and you should be in pretty good shape.