XL Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palm (rhapis excelsa) – (XL Specimen, 8” Pot) Rare and beautifully delicate in appearance, the Finger Palm has several slender grayish trunks that are blanketed in light brown fiber. A medium sized palm it can grow to ten or fifteen feet tall and it spreads around six to ten feet. Fan shaped dark green leaves are divided in narrow leaflets and drape gracefully. Moderately cold-hardy, Multifida can withstand 20F but does best above 40F. Rhapis Multifida is a great indoor palm for cooler climates.
The growth rate of Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms are easy to grow trees that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized palm can be relocated indoors for the winter months. In the northern end of their grow zone Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms require indoor protection or heavy mulching during the winter months.
When you receive your new palm, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new palm.
All palm varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice to get started. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your palm will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky or arid soils.
To help establish your new Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palm, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the tree. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
Best outdoors if grown in zone 8b-11, find your zone here. This Palm requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
At the nursery these palms are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this palm in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
Before leaving, Clustering Finger Leaf Lady Palms are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts.