Licuala grandis

Ruffled Fan Palm, Palas palm

(1 customer review)

Licuala grandis is one of the most elegant small palm trees that, with the right care, makes an instant statement. Rarely offered for sale, as it’s considered sometimes a finicky plant, it grew in popularity in the past few years and it’s very sought after by interior designers and plant enthusiasts alike.

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Origin: Vanuatu
Genus: Licuala
Species / Cultivar: grandis
Common Name: Ruffled Fan Palm, Palas palm
Synonym: Pritchardia grandis

Plant Biography

Originating in the understory of rainforests of Vanuatu, but found in cultivation in other parts of South East Asia too, the ruffled fan palm is exudes elegance and class.

Licuala grandis has a solitary trunk of up to 2m in height, with a slim trunk of about 5-6 cm in diameter. The pleated leaves of almost half a meter in diameter feature a deep glossy green, forming a crown of a dozen or more leaves.

When young, the leaves are oriented upwards, but as the plant matures, the crown develops into the most stunning display of ethereal ruffles.

Licuala grandis
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 16 - 27°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: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Moderate
This plant has specific requirements. Incorrect care can quickly lead to signs of distress.
Eventual Height: 2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

Give the palm tree a shower with tepid water every month to keep the leaves clean. In summer, it can be taken outside for a quick shower in the rain.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

In its natural environment, the Licuala grandis thrives in the shade, however in the Northern hemisphere, in indoor settings, bright indirect light is preferred.

An elegant palm, that will make an instant statement wherever placed. It grows at an incredibly slow rate and requires a bit more attention than other indoor palm trees.

A rich soil is required to keep the shallow root system happy. A spritz of water every other day will prevent brown tips from forming.

Palm Factoid

The seeds of Licuala grandis can take sometimes up to 3 years to germinate, provided the right conditions, which is constant temperature at about 35 degrees and rich moist compost.

1 customer review for Licuala grandis

Nice, healthy plant received today, identical to the photo on the website. Very well protected in the package and arrived undamaged the day after dispatched.

Alan Hunter (verified owner)