Plant Care Adonidia Merrillii

Adonidia Merrillii

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About Adonidia Merrillii

The Christmas Palm grows quickly to about 6 feet (1.83 m), then slows, retaining its shape until it reaches its maximum height of 25 feet (7.62 m). It supports stiff, arching green leaves that are 4-5 feet long. In mid-summer, it produces small clusters of cream-colored flowers and green fruit. In winter, the mature fruit turns bright red. It is sensitive to frost and freezing temperatures, so it's best planted in a container that can be moved indoors during the winter.


Adonidia merrillii

Also known as

Christmas Palm, Christmas Palm and Manila Palm

How to care for Adonidia Merrillii


How often to water your Adonidia Merrillii

Water needs for Adonidia Merrillii
0.5 cups
every 9

Adonidia Merrillii needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Adonidia Merrillii

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Christmas Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Adonidia Merrillii: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Adonidia Merrillii love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Adonidia Merrillii does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Adonidia Merrillii in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Adonidia Merrillii

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Adonidia Merrillii: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Adonidia Merrillii after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Adonidia Merrillii is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Adonidia Merrillii

Adonidia Merrillii

Adonidia Merrillii

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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