Plant Care Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

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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.

Taxonomy

Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis
Arecaceae
Arecales

Also known as

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

How to care for Rhapis Excelsa

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Rhapsis Palm →

Common Rhapsis Palm Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Rhapis Excelsa prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rhapsis Palm Water Frequency →

Rhapsis Palm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rhapis Excelsa may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rhapsis Palm Light Requirements →

Rhapsis Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Rhapsis Palm Toxicity to Humans →


🪴 Soil

Rhapis Excelsa does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Rhapsis Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Rhapsis Palm →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rhapis Excelsa grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Rhapsis Palm →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rhapis Excelsa can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rhapsis Palm Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Rhapis Excelsa can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Rhapsis Palm →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@Karen
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 511 XP
globe Hermit Park, Queensland
09/28/2021

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
@@pinkluva
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 392 XP
globe Vancouver, WA
04/21/2021

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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