Common Name: Chinese Fan Palm
Scientific Name: Livistona chinensis
Lighting: Bright Light
The Chinese Fan Palm has distinct foliage, which looks just as the name sounds. Large, bright green fan-shaped leaves radiate from their own small stalks. The Chinese Fan Palm requires more space than your average houseplant due to the large foliage it supports as well as its spread.
This houseplant prefers full sun, so keep within 3 feet of a window which receives sunlight for at least 4 to 5 hours. Be sure to also keep the plant away from heat and cooling sources such as vents or doors so that it maintains a consistent temperature. Your Chinese Fan Palm will also enjoy a daily misting of water to help satisfy its humidity requirements. If the leaf tips turning brown, you probably are not keeping the humidity levels high enough.
Another main area to watch for with this houseplant is its water level. The Chinese Fan Palm requires heavy watering, so be sure to keep the soil moist at all times, but at the same time, do not over water. You don't want the soil to become soggy. Soggy soil is always a good candidate for root rot.
I personally have never had any problems with bugs or disease with my Chinese Fan Palm, however spider mites can be common with this houseplant. If bugs appear on your plant, simply mist with a soapy water mixture twice daily until gone.
This plant is a slow grower, so don't feel discouraged if it seems its size is remaining constant.