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One of the hardiest feather (as opposed to fan-) palms, Butia will withstand 14F or 10F when larger. Beautiful blue-green leaves, strongly recurved, make it instantly recognisable. An essential palm for the exotic garden. Tolerant of the weather in high rainfall regions. Also wonderful as a conservatory palm, or even indoors if the light is bright enough. Ultimately it can grow to about 10 or 20 feet, though this will take some years. The fruit from this palm are used to make jelly, hence the name jelly palm.
A large Butia with a thick trunk. Leaves tend to be generally much greener than Butia capitata. Fruit and seed is round, flowers and fruits range from red to yellow in color. The fruit is delicious to eat when ripe.
Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana is a large shrub, typically growing 5 to 10 feet tall in nature, with a single stem-like trunk up to 2 m tall. This palm is native to Central America and is suitable for growing in zones 9-11 of the USDA hardiness zone scale. TheColigalloPalm likes to grow in semi-shade and needs regular water to thrive. Indoors, watering should occur no more than once a week, but outdoor plants should receive moderate water.
With its lush fronds and vivid hue, this palm-lookalike is an attractive addition to any outdoor space. As it is a low maintenance plant, it is an ideal landscape option for those who are looking for something easy to care for. Additionally, its vibrant looks will attract both butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
In colder climates, Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana can be grown in a container in a bright spot and brought inside when temperatures drop. When the plant is moved from the outside to indoors, it should be provided with a reliable light source. Outdoors, it can be moved to a sheltered spot if temperatures dip too low. It should be given adequate water, regular fertilizer and mulching for optimal growth. Pruning should be done regularly to avoid overcrowding of fronds and allow the light to reach all of the leaves. Lastly, when repotting, use a specially formulated organic palm-mix soil and ensure that the pot is one size larger than before.
With the right care and the right conditions, the Coligallo Palm will thrive in its new home. Its incredibly lush foliage and low maintenance profle, makes it a great choice for gardeners of all experience levels.
This plant needs plenty of sun. A very slender and elegant palm from northern Australia with gracefully recurving, V-shaped leaves. It is suitable for mild subtropical and tropical climates and, if heavily fertilized and watered, will develop with breathtaking speed. Carpentarias can be used indoors, being popular triple planted. In a community of mixed species they will outgrow the others, adding height to the garden quickly.
Caryota gigas is the largest of the Fishtail palms is prized for its ornamental foliage. It is a welcome sight in many gardens and landscapes where a big tree is desired. The Thai Mountain Giant can tolerate temperatures as low as 25 F.
In order to get the most beautiful, lush foliage, the Caryota gigas should be grown in full sun or semi-shade. It is important to keep the soil moist as the palm will wilt when overly dry. The Thai Mountain Giant is relatively easy to maintain. It is recommended that once a month you should apply a slow-release fertilizer, as well as a feed with a higher concentrate of potassium and magnesium. With the right care, the Caryota gigas can grace your garden with its lush foliage and stunning yellow blooms.
The best-known and perhaps prettiest of the genus, this is a clustering species with leaflets shaped like fishes tails. It is tolerant of low light, and requires lots of water at all times of the year. This, together with an occasional feed, will ensure its good health. Good interior palm.
Monocarpic palm exhibiting an erect single trunk, up to 98 ft tall, bearing ringed scars left by fallen leaves. The trunk reaches its maximum height before bloom. Leaves are 9 to 20 ft long. Flowers are unisexual on monoecious plants, alternating on apical, branched inflorescences, enveloped by 2 carinate, marginally fibrous spathes. Fruits, as large as cherries, are globose and reddish. Blooms appear from top to lower branches, and after the last bloom on the lowest level the palm dies. The sap of this palm is very high in simple sugars. In India and other Asian countries, the palm is tapped for its syrup which is often fermented into an alcoholic beverage called toddy. The syrup is also processed into a granular sugar called jaggery.
Chamaedorea cataractarum (Cat palm) is a small to medium-sized palm native to Mexico. It typically grows between 2 and 5 feet tall, but can reach up to 10 feet with age. The Cat palm has a robust upright trunk and deep green leaflets. It is considered semi-shade loving, and prefers some shade during the heat of the day but will tolerate full sun in cooler regions.
When it comes to caring for the Cat palm, it's important to keep the soil moist at all times. While it is tolerant of drier conditions, its best to water the plant at least once a week to maintain optimal growth and health. An occasional misting of the foliage is beneficial and helps keep dust off the leaves.
The Cat palm is a wonderful choice for both indoors and outdoors, and with its ability to thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, it can be grown as a house plant in colder regions as well. When grown indoors, the plant should be placed in a location where it will get adequate light but not direct sun exposure.
The Cat palm is an easy-to-care for and attractive house plant. With a bit of attention, it can be kept looking its best, and can bring a touch of the tropics to any living space.
One of the most popular palms in the world, its ability to put up with low light, drought and general abuse is legendary. Additionally it flowers when still quite young. Too well known to need any description, it has been in use since Victorian times and is suitable for home or conservatory. A very attractive, small, single stemmed palm, to about 6ft tall, with light green colors, pinnate leaves. Its usually seen in clumps, since it looks more attractive this way, however this is just due to multiple seeds being sown together.