Plant Care Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

5.0 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Rhapis Excelsa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Rhapis Excelsa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Rhapis Excelsa

Lady Palm is an evergreen fan palm that resembles a cycad. It needs indirect light, withstands deep shade and has low humidity requirements. It is a good specimen to use near doors because of cool air tolerance in winter. Lady Palms are relatively disease resistant, but mild leaf spot diseases can sometimes be seen on them.


Rhapis excelsa

Also known as

Rhapsis Palm, Rhapsis Palm, Broad Leaf Lady Palm and Lady Palm

How to care for Rhapis Excelsa


How often to water your Rhapis Excelsa

Water needs for Rhapis Excelsa
0.5 cups
every 9

Rhapis Excelsa 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 Rhapis Excelsa

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 Rhapsis Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rhapis Excelsa: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rhapis Excelsa 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.

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


How to fertilize Rhapis Excelsa

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

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.

What other plant parents say

Rhapis Excelsa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Rhapis Excelsa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Karen avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 502 XP
globe Hermit Park, Queensland

Early days yet and ends are starting to brown but I think it’s because my plant is in an area without enough light and I’m still getting into a watering rhythm.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pinkluva avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 392 XP
globe Vancouver, WA

This is a hardy palm that can withstand colder temps in the evening down into the 30s. The foliage is not affected. I will acclimate this to the sun over the next few weeks and then will plant it into the ground.

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