Plant Care California fan palm
1/4

California fan palm

Also known as

Desert fan palm and California palm

Taxonomy

Washingtonia filifera
Washingtonia
Arecaceae
Arecales

How to care for California fan palm

Water

How often to water your California fan palm

Water needs for California fan palm
0.5 cups
every 9

California fan palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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 California fan palm

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for California fan palm in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

70% Medium

Growing California fan palm in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant California fan palm in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 21st, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Raleigh is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

Read more

Light needs for plant California fan palm in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 31% ☀️

October 21st, 2021

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 31% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

Read more

Light needs for plant California fan palm in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 1.6 hours 📉

October 22nd, 2021

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 10.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 13.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of da…

Read more

Finding light for California fan palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California fan palm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California fan palm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

California fan palm does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Raleigh, North Carolina currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

How to fertilize California fan palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California fan 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 California fan palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot California fan palm

Nutrient needs for plant California fan palm in Raleigh, North Carolina

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

October 22nd, 2021

The growing potential in Raleigh is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

Read more

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Soil
Fertilizer
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for California fan palm

California fan palm

California fan palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Raleigh, North Carolina, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Trending in your area

Similar to California fan palm

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in