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.


Trachycarpus fortunei

Also known as

Windmill palm, Chusan palm and wind mill palm

How to care for Chinese Windmill Palm


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

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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 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 🚫.

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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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese Windmill Palm

Chinese Windmill Palm

Chinese Windmill Palm

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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