Fan Palm Plant Care Guide
1) Watering Requirements
2) Pruning Requirements
3) Lighting Requirements
4) Pests & Diseases
5) Other Related Plants
The most important thing to remember when watering your fan palms is to water them regularly. You need to keep the soil moist at all times. If it gets dry, the leaves will wilt and die off.
So make sure you don’t let it get too wet! Do not over water either! Too much moisture causes root rot which leads to death of the tree.
If you are going to prune your fan palms, then make sure they have enough room to grow. They do not like being crowded together. If you want to keep their height, then leave some space between each one.
Make sure there is no dead wood around the base of the branches or else they may fall down and break their necks! Be careful when pruning them, wear protective gear to shield yourself from falling limbs and be sure you have someone there to help you so you don’t get hurt!
Fan palms grow best in full sun. If you could put them somewhere that they can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, then they should be OK. If you are growing them inside, make sure to place them somewhere with lots of natural light and no direct sunlight.
Pests and Diseases
Pests can be a problem with fan palms. Mealy bugs and spider mites are common problems. Try to keep your fan palm as clean as possible by removing dead leaves and washing the foliage.
Also use beneficial insects to control pests. Fungal infections can also become an issue. Be sure to water the tree properly and try not to over water the plant.
Other Related Plants
If you have a lot of room for your fan palms, then you can space them 4-5 feet apart from each other. Otherwise if you have limited room, you can space them 2-3 feet apart from each other. If you are planting them in a row, then space them 3 feet apart from each other.
They grow best in large clusters and they look great lining a driveway or a walkway. If you have limited room, then you can still grow them inside a large tub.
This concludes this series about growing fan palms. We learned what kind of fan palm tree you can choose if you have limited space. We also learned how to properly grow them if we decide to do so.
So remember these important things if you are growing fan palms.
In our next series, we will tackle growing a different type of palm. Thanks for reading and good luck!
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