Plant Care Chinese Windmill Palm

Chinese Windmill Palm

About Chinese Windmill Palm

The windmill palm is native to subtropical and temperate mountain forests of China. It can reach heights ranging from 20' to 40' tall in the wild. It is hardy to zone 7 and can be grown in full sun in a location that provides some shade and protection from wind.

Taxonomy

Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus
Arecaceae
Arecales

Also known as

Windmill palm, Chusan palm and wind mill palm

How to care for Chinese Windmill Palm

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Windmill Palm

Water needs for Chinese Windmill Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Windmill 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.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Windmill Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Windmill Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Windmill Palm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Windmill Palm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese Windmill Palm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Windmill Palm in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Windmill Palm

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Windmill Palm can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Windmill Palm →

Common Chinese Windmill Palm Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Chinese Windmill Palm 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.

Chinese Windmill Palm Water Frequency →

Chinese Windmill Palm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese Windmill Palm requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Windmill Palm Light Requirements →

Chinese Windmill Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Windmill Palm is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Chinese Windmill Palm Toxicity to Cats →

Chinese Windmill Palm Toxicity to Dogs →

Chinese Windmill Palm Toxicity to Humans →


🪴 Soil

Chinese Windmill Palm 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 Chinese Windmill Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Windmill Palm →


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Windmill Palm should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Chinese Windmill Palm →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Windmill Palm grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Chinese Windmill Palm →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Windmill Palm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Windmill Palm Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Chinese Windmill Palm can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Chinese Windmill 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 Chinese Windmill Palm

Chinese Windmill Palm

Chinese Windmill Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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.

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