Broadleaf Lady Palm Rhapis

 Origin: Southern China and Taiwan
 Family: Arecaceae
 Botanical Name: Rhapis excelsa
Common Name: Lady Palm

Symbolism: In Japan Lady palm was specifically planted around the palaces of military commanders. The pointy shape of the leaves was said to ward off those of bad intent. Because they’re very strong and can reach a great age, with proper care they can live century, they are known as ‘Green Parrots’, which are also tough survivors.

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🔆 Light
Prefers bright indirect light, but can easily adapt to low or medium indirect light. Do not place your plant in full sun as it can burn.

💧 Water
Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out. Don't let your plant sit in water or soggy soil, as it can lead to root rot or leaf spots. If you allow your plant to dry out completely for a while, you might see brown leaf edges.

☁️ Humidity
It will do well in average home humidity, but will appreciate added humidity from a humidifier, or 2-3 times misting a week.

🌡️ Temperature
Prefers temperatures between (15-26°C). It can tolerate temperatures down to (10°C) but for best results keep it warmer.

🧴️ Food
Feed your Rhapis once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

🐾 Toxicity
Rhapis Palm is considered to be non-toxic according to the ASPCA.

 Additional Tips
You might occasionally see brown tips on your plant’s leaves. The most common causes for this include drying out too much, extreme heat, or excess minerals in your tap water. If you see brown tips, try watering more often and using filtered or rainwater.

● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).

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