Saflax - Dwarf Fan Palm - Chamaerops Humilis - 10 Seeds
- Small, rugged and even a little bit frost resistant!
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 10 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- The Dwarf Fan Palm has its natural habitat in the western Mediterranean region and is being cultivated as an ornamental
SAFLAX - Dwarf Fan Palm - Chamaerops humilis - 10 seeds
Small, rugged and even a little bit frost resistant!
The slow-growing, robust Dwarf Fan Palm becomes in average two meters tall and can easily be cultivated as a tub plant. Similar to the Hemp Palm, its rather slim trunk is covered by brown fibres. The leafstalks are thorny, and the dark-green leaves of the 60 cm big fans are rigid and resilient, and show a silvery colour at the bottom-side. Usually the plant grows multiple stems close one another, which creates a somewhat bushy sight. Other than many other palm trees, the Dwarf Fan Palm starts blossoming already at an early stage with a growth height of around 80 cm. It produces orange-coloured berries and bright yellow inflorescences.
Natural Location: The Dwarf Fan Palm has its natural habitat in the western Mediterranean region and is being cultivated as an ornamental plant everywhere around the Mediterranean Sea.
Cultivation: Seed propagation indoors is possible throughout the year. To increase the germinability, you can slightly roughen the seed with a soft file or a piece of sandpaper and place it for about 12 hours in warm water for priming. Then, plant the seeds about 1 cm deep and about 5 cm apart from each other into moist potting compost and put some compost earth on top. Cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out, but don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet. Usually it takes six to twelve weeks until germination.
Place: The Dwarf Fan Palm prefers a full sunny spot and can be kept from early spring until late autumn even outdoors since it is frost-hard up to -10° Celsius. If your plant doesn't get direct sunlight, it will grow slowly and develops the fan leaves further apart from each other. Only short after hibernation, it should be kept in a half-shaded place for a couple of weeks to adapt to the changing climate.
Care: From spring until autumn, you should water the plant consistently, so that the clotted roots are completely moist all the way to the ground. The surface layer of the earth can dry out a little between the watering times. Make sure you don't water the leaf crown, because that may lead to heart rot. Depending on the growth rate, you should shift pots using a fresh potting compost every two or three years. Always keep the Dwarf Fan Palm in a rather tall pot or tub since the deep reaching tap roots of the plant need a lot of space. The top of the palm is never to be pruned, and the brown leaves should only be cut off about 3 cm from the base and after they have dried out completely. From April until October you can give fluid fertilizer for palm trees every one or two weeks.
During Winter: The Dwarf Fan Palm should be moved indoors in late autumn and hibernates best in a cool and bright place with a temperature between 5? and 12° Celsius. It is also possible to keep the plant outdoors during winter, but it will need proper frost-protection with a thick layer of foliage on the root area and a straw-filled fleece to cover the fan leaves.
Bonsai ability: No
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