Syagrus romanzoffiana

Queen Palm, Cocos Palm

A medium-to-large solitary palm which, even while young, displays the plumose leaves which make it so popular. Related to coconuts, but suited to a much wider range of climates, the Queen Palm has become popular worldwide as both an indoor plant, and as an outdoor palm in warmer climates.

Young plants can be slow to begin with so be sure to feed and water regularly during the warmer months to encourage new growth. As the plant matures, the attractive leaves get bigger and bigger until it eventually forms a trunk.


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Origin: South America
Genus: Syagrus
Species / Cultivar: romanzoffiana
Common Name: Queen Palm, Cocos Palm
Synonym: Cocos plumosa
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.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
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.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 15m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

Did you know?

When mature they produce so many seeds that they have been declared as invasive weeds in some parts of the world!
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Young specimens have an upright growth habit which makes them perfect as a houseplant. Dramatic leaves are nearly vertical until the plant has started forming a trunk.

Although tender when young, mature plants can tolerate one or two degrees of frost, but we haven’t seen any specimens growing outdoors in the U.K. The northernmost specimen we know of is in Brest in Brittany, northern France.

Responds well to regular feeding with a palm fertiliser from April to September.


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