Rhapis Palm or Rhapis excelsa, also known as broadleaf lady palm or bamboo palm, is a species of fan palm (Arecaceae subfamily Coryphoideae, tribe Trachycarpeae) in the genus Rhapis, probably native to southern China and Taiwan. It is not known in the wild; all known plants come from cultivated groups in China. Rhapis excelsa grows in multi-stemmed clumps with glossy, palmate evergreen leaves divided into broad, ribbed segments. Leaf segments are single or few in young plants and increase to a dozen or more in mature plants; segments are divided into the petiole. Leaf-ends are saw-toothed unlike most other palms
The Rhapis Palm plant is effective in removing common indoor air pollutants, and giving out oxygen-rich air. This helps to improve the air quality of our homes and office areas.
The Rhapis Palm has an elegant, lush green appearance and adds a touch of tropical beauty to our living spaces.
Rhapis Palm plants are easy to grow. Place it in a well-ventilated, diffused sunlight area or a well-lit indoor space, and the plant will thrive. Beginners can also grow this beautiful plant.
Rhapis Palms regulate humidity levels as its leaves release moisture in the air which can be beneficial for both plants and the occupants.
Water the Rhapis Palm plant when the soil is completely dry. Since the plant is mostly placed indoors, it may take a few days for the soil to become completely dry. Water thoroughly
Do not keep the Rhapis Palm plant in direct sunlight as it will burn its leaves. Keep the plant in a medium or filtered light. The best light to fall on this plant is from the east or north-facing window.
Place the Rhapis Palm in the east or north-facing place so that the morning sunlight can fall on it.
Pruning the Rhapis Palm plant regularly will ensure that it has a bushier, healthier growth. The plant also grows faster when pruned.
The Rhapis Palm plant is susceptible to mealy bugs, scales, mites, and thrips. However, spraying the plant with neem oil spray will be a good precautionary measure.
The beautiful Rhapis Plam is an indoor plant that thrives with indirect or filtered sunlight.
If the plant is given proper care and nutrition, it can live for several decades.
The Rhapis Palm has a great growth rate. It can grow to almost 1 meter annually.