Common Name: Phoenix Palm
Scientific Name: Pigmy Date Palm
Water: Moderate to Low
The Phoenix Palm is characterized by light arching feather-like fronds in dark green color. The Phoenix Palm looks similar to the Kentia Palm except the Phoenix foliage is smaller in width and daintier in appearance. This palm is usually a very good indoor houseplant which requires little care.
Phoenix Palms grow best in bright, indirect sunlight, so place within 3 to 5 feet of a window, preferably an east window. If plant begins to show yellow or black spot on the foliage, try moving it further away from the window. It may be receiving too much direct sunlight and actually be burning the plant.
The Phoenix Palm prefers to stay moist, however do not let the plant stand in water. Usually a good thorough watering once a week is sufficient. If your plant begins to droop, chances are you are under watering it. If you continue to under water you plant, the plant may never return to its normal shape and appearance. If the tips of the foliage begin to turn black or yellow, you are probably over watering your palm. Reduce how often you water. Usually wait until soil is dry to touch 2 inches deep. Like most palms, this plant prefers higher humidity levels, therefore a misting a couple times a week is good.
If new growth is damaged, sometimes it can be very difficult to get your palm back to its original healthy appearance. You may prune off the tips if they have turned yellow or black to help the plants appearance along.
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