Lady / Rhaphis Palm

Lady / Rhaphis Palm


The lady palm (Rhapis excelsa) is a small fan palm that can do exceedingly well indoors under the right conditions. It grows from multiple stems, each topped with upright fronds. The fronds are split into fan-like segments, as might be used by ladies in olden times. The lady palm, sometimes called the bamboo palm or miniature fan palm, is the best suited of all the fan palms to indoor cultivation. Most of the others, such as the imposing Washingtonia or the European fan palm, quickly grow too large for the average room.

  • Important Information

    Light: Dappled light is best during the summer. In winter, it can tolerate light shade.

    Water: Water liberally during the summer, ensuring perfect drainage. In winter, reduce watering to once a month or every other week, depending on the temperature. 

    Temperature: In summer, it thrives at 70 F. In winter, keep it above 55 F, and do not expose it to drafts.