The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Trachycarpus

Family: Palmae.

Trachycarpus fortunei H. Wendl.
Trachycarpus Genus of 6 species of usually single-stemmed, sometimes clustering, dioecious, evergreen palms from temperate and mountain forest in subtropical Asia. A hardy fan palm that can stand cold to 15 degrees and also makes a good container plant inside. Fibre covered trunk and fan shaped leaves reaching to 3 ft. across. Easy to grow from seed.

Windmill palms grown in full sun and/or poor conditions may have a much smaller crown. The trunk is covered with heavy brown fiber and is often narrower at the base than at the top. Leaves are palmate, about 3 feet wide and range in color from yellow-green to green. This is a hardy palm and can withstand subfreezing temperatures. Native to the mountainous areas of southeast China, this tough palm is sometimes found under a cover of snow and ice.

Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Misting is necessary. Sow seed 75 F (24 C) in spring or autumn.

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