Latania lontaroides

Red Latan, latanier de la Réunion

Origin: Reunion
Genus: Latania
Species / Cultivar: lontaroides
Common Name: Red Latan, latanier de la Réunion
Synonym: Cleophora commersonii, Latania rubra
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 2 - 30°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Eventual Height: 12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Surprisingly for a palm tree coming from a tropical island, Latania lontaroides is a palm tree that will tolerate temperatures down to 1 degree for short periods of time without damage.

Juvenile plants have gorgeous deep red leaves. More mature plants, start losing the red coloration and leaves turn silvery green. However, due to it’s very slow growth, Latania palm trees reach maturity in hot climates after 15-20 years.

In the UK, the Red Latan should be kept in a bright room, a sun room, or a heated conservatory. Keep the soil moist during summer and apply a balanced fertiliser during spring and summer.

It can be kept outdoors during summer, in South facing sheltered gardens.

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