Livistona Palm – 50cm
Livistona is a genus of palms, the botanical family Arecaceae, native to southeastern and eastern Asia, Australasia, and the Horn of Africa. They are fan palms, the leaves with an armed petiole terminating in a rounded, costapalmate fan of numerous leaflets.
Location & Light
Despite the general idea that this species can tolerate dark locations, we’d recommend situating yours on a north, north-east or north-west facing windowsill, or within two metres of a south-facing one. Once the autumn kicks in, be sure to include an hour or two of direct light per day to get it through the dormancy period, lasting until the following spring. If you’re worried about its location being too dark, when a newspaper can be read while having your back towards the window, you’re good to go.
Like all Palms, the amount and frequency of irrigations dramatically depend on the location. For those that are situated in brightly lit rooms, be sure to let around a third of the soil dry out in between watering’s to avoid thorough dehydration. For those in a darker location, be sure to allow almost half the soil dry out for the prevention of over-watering and root rot. Under-watering symptoms include yellow or pale fronds, little to no growth, brown crispy new growth and gradual decline. If your Palm is situated in a sunny position, only permit around a third of the soil dry out in between watering’s. Over-watering symptoms include rotting stems, zero growth and plant death. These issues are usually due to a lack of heat or sunlight, being over-potted, an incorrect soil type or water-logging. Root rot is a prominent issue among houseplants, and Livistona Palms are no exception.
Livistona Palms will thrive in a humid spot, so introducing a pebble tray whilst the heaters are operating will ensure adequate moisture around its foliage. You can even mist the foliage once a month to hydrate and wash away excess dust from its leaves. An under-humid location will cause the leaf-tips to dry and brown over which is typically more common in the height of winter. Always keep the Palm at least four meters from an operating heat source due to the negative effects it has on transpiration and therefore leaf hydration.
12° – 30°C (54° – 86°F)
H1b (Hardiness Zone 12) – Can be grown outdoors during the summer in a sheltered location with temperatures above 12℃ (54℉), but is fine to remain indoors, too. If you decide to bring this plant outdoors, don’t allow it to endure more than an hour of direct sunlight a day as it may result in sun-scorch. Regularly keep an eye out for pests, especially when re-introducing it back indoors.
Up to 2m in height and 1m in width. The ultimate height will take between 5 – 12 years to achieve, with two fronds being developed each season.
Pruning & Maintenance
Remove yellow or dying leaves, and plant debris to encourage better-growing conditions. While pruning, always use clean scissors or shears to reduce the chance of bacterial and fungal diseases. Never cut through yellowed tissue as this may cause further damage in the likes of diseases or bacterial infections. Remember to make clean incisions as too-damaged wounds may shock the plant, causing weakened growth and a decline in health.
Remove any plantlets from the soil as they yellow and die. Any fronds that develop brown spots and marks on its leaflets should also be pruned off, as the abnormality may go rampant across other non-affected areas.
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