Creating an exotic oasis with Tropical Plants
12 Jan, 2021
Plant palms in free-draining soil with organic matter, water deeply until established and as a general rule, keep young palms in dappled shade. Mulch well and feed sparingly with Novatec.
(Syagrus romanzoffiamum): A graceful palm that grows well in warmer areas. A fairly vigorous grower with non-symmetrical feathered fronds. Plant in full sun or part shade. Grows to around 15m high.
(Archotophoenix alexandrae): A graceful, tall palm that forms a pale grey trunk, with 2.5–3m arching fronds. Does best when grown in full sun. Grows to 10–12m.
(Rhopalostylis sapida): New Zealand’s only native palm. The fruit is a favourite of the kererū. Best grown in part-shade, though it will tolerate full sun. Best planted in free-draining, moist soil. Slow growing, eventually reaching 10m. Take care when planting as they have relatively delicate roots.
(Howea forsteriana): With graceful arching fronds and a delicate slender stem, Kentia palms can be grown both indoors or outdoors. Full sun to shade, suitable for coastal areas. Slow growing, they eventually reach 15m high.