Licuala Grandis, commonly known as Ruffled Fan Palm due to its gorgeous pleated, or ruffled leaves is a popular choice in landscaping areas. It is a relatively slow-growing palm that adapts to different climates with ease. The fan Palm is perfect for both, planting in indoor pots or outdoor garden beds. These palm trees greatly purify the indoor air and remove harmful particulate matters from the air, along with giving exotic tropical vibes to your home. Native to Australia, the plant’s gorgeous corrugated green leaves are sure to give your homes a slice of paradise.
Common name: Ruffled fan palm, Vanuatu Fan Palm, Palas Palm
Scientific name: Licuala Grandis/ Pritchardia Grandis
Size: 4-6 feet tall, 3-6 feet wide
Maintenance: Care required.
Toxicity: Mildly toxic to pets, if ingested it may cause mild oral and gastrointestinal upsetness, keep out of reach from pets, and small children.
Where to keep the plant: A place with indirect light, like a south or north-facing window, or in a slightly shaded porch
Daily. When planted new, 3-4 times a week when mature. A mature palm requires water 3-4 times a week and is comfortable in full sun. If kept without irrigation for longer, the plant requires some shade and regular watering.
Bright indirect light. The plant is happiest indoors where it gets bright, indirect light such as near a south or north-facing window. It is imperative to make sure that while the light is bright, it does not directly hit on the leaves. The plant has a tendency to grow in the direction of light.
Porous well-drained soil. Ruffled Fan Palm grows best in well-drained but moist soil. Since it’s growth is naturally slow, a rich organic mix soil is helpful for proper nutrition.
Moderate. Unlike its peers, the Licuala Grandis isn't picky about humidity levels, if grown in a very dry environment, occasional misting 3-4 times a week may be done to keep the plant fuller.
3-4 times yearly. Since the ruffled fan palm grows slowly, fertilizing is essential for it to encourage growth. An organic liquid houseplant fertilizer works wonders and should be used in the growing season of spring to early fall.
Seed sowing. Licuala Grandis is most efficiently propagated by seeds. Like most palm species, seed germination of this fan palm is slow and non-uniform, and seedlings may take anywhere from 3 to 12 months to sprout. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite in the spring season.