Chinese fan palm, fountain palm
Livistona chinensis is an elegant single-trunked palm, with glossy deeply divided fan shaped leaves that droop gracefully downwards.
Mature Fountain Palms can form cream flowers in early summer, but even juvenile specimens are very arresting.
Originally found in East and South East Asia, the Livistona chinensis has spread rapidly as an indoor plant due to its compact form and fan like crown.
Young plants are usually kept as indoor specimens, but as they develop into larger palms they can be hardy down to -4C and thus can be kept outdoors in sheltered spots.
The young plants have upright leaves, but as the plant matures, the leaves start to droop giving it its characteristic shape and the common name of “Fountain Palm”
Care & Size Guidance
Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Water less in winter and check that the top 3 inches are dry to the touch. We suggest using filtered, distilled or rain water to avoid chemicals in the tap water.
Most indoor plants like a steady diet of liquid plant food, but not palms. Palms are slow-growing, especially indoors, and don’t need much fertiliser.
Brown Leaf Tips
Most of the time, the indoor plants will develop brown tips because of stress factors in the environment:
low moisture in the air – mist the plant every other day or place on a tray with pebbles that is always topped up with water. Alternatively, a cool-mist humidifier can help.
dry soil – do not allow the soil to dry completely
salts accumulating in the soil – tap water is most of the time very hard and deposits of limescale can form on the roots. use filtered, distilled or rain water