- Feed every 4-months with palm tree fertilizer
- Be sure you choose a shady, low-light location
- Allow 36 to 60 inches between plantings
- Keep soil evenly moist to maintain disease free
The beautiful compact Bamboo Palm, native to Mexico and Central America, is perfect for low light areas. Outdoors, a Bamboo or Reed Palm, can reach a height of 10-12 ft. and a width of 5-7 ft. with multiple reed-like stems growing in clumps.
There are about 10-15 fronds on each stem of a Bamboo Palm and each frond has 10-14 pinnate (feathery) dark green leaflets. The base of each stem of a Bamboo Palm is covered in a tan colored fiber that resembles bamboo. The graceful Bamboo Palm is much hardier than an Areca Palm and much less expensive than a Kentia Palm.
Keep palms relatively moist. In spring and summer, or when temperatures are warm and days are longer, water them as soon as their soil feels dry a little below the surface. Allow the soil to get slightly drier in winter. It’s important that potting soil drains well and containers you use have functioning drain holes. Water palms thoroughly, then spill or siphon off excess water that collects in the tray or saucer below the pot.
Some consider this plant poisonous, so I advise keeping it away from pets and children.