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If you’re after a tropical look for your garden, then palms are a must. Their long, arching and graceful foliage helps add a vertical dimension to garden designs or creates a tall lush backdrop for smaller plants. There are a wide variety of palms to choose from, whether you have a large sunny garden or a small shady spot that needs some tropical pizzazz.
Palms for sunny, frost protected garden spots include:
Golden Cane Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Bangalow Palm (Archonontophoenix cunninghamiana)
Palms for shaded, frost protected gardens include:
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
Cascade Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
Walking Stick Palm (Linospadix monostachya)
Here are the key steps to help keep your palms lush and healthy:
Plant into well-drained soil or a pot with good drainage holes filled with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
When planting a new palm into the garden, enrich the soil first by mixing in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
During the warmer months keep the soil or potting mix moist and feed outdoor palms each fortnight with Yates Thrive All Purpose Soluble Plant Food.
Yellowing palm leaves can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Applied as a foliar spray, Yates Leaf Greener Magnesium Chelate is a fast acting source of magnesium to help green up palm foliage.
Palm planting tip: avoid disturbing the roots of palm trees when you plant them.
Parlour Palms (Chamaedorea elegans) make fantastic indoor plants. Young plants don’t take up too much space and a potted parlour palm is a lovely leafy addition to a work space or humid bathroom. Multiple plants are often grown together in the one pot and their small fronds are lined with lots of green leaflets, creating a lush miniature rainforest effect.
Parlour palms prefer a moderately to well-lit spot indoors that is protected from direct sunlight. They can grow up to 1.5 m tall, though grow slowly and will take several years to reach this height.
Parlour palm growing tips:
Choose a pot with good drainage holes and use a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
Don’t disturb the palm’s root system when planting it into a new container.
Parlour palms like the potting mix to be kept only slightly moist. They don’t like wet feet! You can check the moisture level in the potting mix by gently digging around in the top few centimetres with your finger.
To promote lush healthy foliage growth, from spring to autumn feed every month with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food.
During hot dry weather, to help create a more humid environment the parlour palm foliage can be misted with water.
Remove any dead fronds to keep the palm looking tidy and gently wipe the leaves regularly to remove any dust.