Fishtail Palm, Caryota Palms

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Fishtail palms are wonderful additions to any garden or living space.

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Description for Fishtail Palm, Caryota Palms

Plant height: 24 – 36 inches (60 – 92 cm)
Plant spread: 6 – 10 inches (15 – 26 cm)
Interesting Fact: The leaves of the plant have jagged-edges that look like fins and fishtails, hence the name.

Fishtail palms are wonderful additions to any garden or living space. It can add a tropical island feel effortless.

Caryota palms are bipinnate palms, the only palms that have this sort of leaf anatomy. This more complex leaf arrangement makes for some of the most dramatic and beautiful of all the palm leaves. Each leaflet of a Caryota palm is somewhat triangular in shape, sort of the shape of a fish s tail. Hence the name fish-tail palm.

Common name(s): Fishtail palm, Caryota Palms
Flower colours: Yellow
Bloom time: Year-round
Max reachable height: Up to 20 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Fishtail palms can be propagated from seed. To sprout seed, keep it warm and moist in a small pot for 6-8 months. This plants can be propagated using suckers from the base of the mother plant.

Sunlight: Full to partial sunlight
Soil: Any good soil mix that is well drained.
Water: Moderately
Temperature: 25 to 40 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Fishtail Palm

Palms grow best when you let their roots fill the pot.
They need soil-based potting compost and should not be re-potted unnecessarily.
They are sensitive to chemicals and will be damaged if you expose them to aerosol sprays.
If you need to treat them with insecticides, be sure what you use is suitable for a palm.
Watering should be done early in the morning if the soil feels dry to touch.
Appy the fertilizer during monsoon and the spring season.

Typical uses of Fishtail Palm

Special features: The close resemblance of their foliage to a fish’s tail

Ornamental use: This plant is used as the ornamental plant.

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