Plant Care African Oil Palm

African Oil Palm

Also known as

African oil palm, Oil palm and macaw fat


Elaeis guineensis

How to care for African Oil Palm


How often to water your African Oil Palm

Water needs for African Oil Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

African Oil Palm 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.

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 African Oil Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Oil Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

African Oil Palm may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize African Oil Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Oil Palm: 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 African Oil Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for African Oil Palm

African Oil Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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