A very graceful, small palm from Southeast Asia, growing up to 3m tall by 2.4m wide which can be solitary or multi-trunked and covered with the remains of old leaf bases. Unfortunately this fabulous palm is only hardy to 0°C for very short periods only, hence is best grown as a container plant for the summer months that is brought in for the winter months. It can be purchased as small trunkless plant or as specimen and is also very popular as a houseplant. The roots like to be kept moist at all times and responds well to a high-nitrogen feed in early summer.
An exceedingly desirable small palm for the summer garden. It also looks good in a container surrounded by exotic summer bedding.
Common Name: Pygmy Date palm – Dwarf date palm
Latin name: Phoenix roebelenii
Tenderness Rating: Hardy down to 0°C for very short periods only, hence should be brought into frost free conditions for the winter months.
Ease of growing: Moderate to easy.
Position: Full sun to dappled shade in a sheltered corner away from desiccation winds.
Soil Condition: Well drain neutral soil and responds well to a high nitrogen feed in the spring.