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Rhapis Palm

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This exceptional palm is used worldwide and delivers elegance, beauty, and versatility to any interior setting.  The Rhapis excelsa, simply known by its genus as the Rhapis Palm, and is sometimes called the Lady Palm, grows fan-shaped leaves from multiple woody stems and can take significant vertical space without spreading too wide.  It is a very slow grower and takes years to bring to marketable size making it one of the more expensive of our offering.  It can tolerate some lower light levels, but put it near a window in some filtered light and it will add a tropical feel to a room for years.  We offer both Florida- and Hawaii-grown Rhapis.  Generally, the Florida plants have more spread compared to height, while the Hawaiian grown Rhapis pack a lot of height in to small growpots and are taller compared to their spread.  And like other plants offered from Hawaii, the Hawaiian Rhapis are grown in lava-rock based soil.  Regardless of where it comes from, the Rhapis Palm, with its deep green tropical leaves, is a surefire way to class-up any interior space.

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Check out this video to learn more about the Rhapis Palm from our plant specialists.

Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.


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.

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Florida, Hawaii


2.5-3' (in 10" growpot), 3-4' (in 12" growpot), 4-5' (in 14" growpot), 4.5-5.5 (in 12" growpot), 5-6 (in 14" growpot)

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  1. JEREMY MORTON (verified owner)

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    The plant looks good but price was high and it was undersized at 4’10”

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