Eye-catching Indoor Palm with Luscious Leaves on Tall Stems
|Botanical Name:||Caryota Mitis|
|Common Name:||Fish Tail Palm|
|Light:||Low to bright indirect light|
|Feeding:||A weak fertiliser every three to four weeks in spring and summer|
|Humidity:||Misting regularly recommended|
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Caryota Mitis is an eye-catching indoor palm with lots of luscious leaves on tall stems. It’s called the fish tail palm because its foliage has gently torn edges that resemble a fish’s tail. In mature palms the leaf ends split giving them extra movement and texture.
Fish Tail Palm is native to the moist and humid forests of Tropical Asia from India to Java and southern China. It grows in damp soil and in the wilds can reach up to 20 metres in height. In a houseplant pot, it will reach about a metre. Occasionally, purple flowers appear in summer but these are toxic if they’re eaten, so Fish Tail Palm is best kept out of reach of children and pets.
Its dark green leaves with their uncommon shape make an unusual addition to houseplant collections, but it can also stand alone as a focal point in the living room. However you choose to use it, Fish Tail Palm creates a luxurious, tropical feel and turns your room into a jungle-feel sanctuary.
How To Water and Feed Caryota Mitis
With its native origins in humid forests it’s no surprise that a Fish Tail Palm needs moist soil.
Keep the compost damp by checking the surface every few days and when it’s starting to dry out, pop it in a sink of water to soak. Be sure to let it drain afterwards because although it likes damp soil, consistently wet compost will rot the roots.
A weak dilution of houseplant fertiliser every 3-4 weeks in spring and summer will keep it in good health.
How Much Light Does Caryota Mitis Need?
Caryota Mitis likes bright indirect light with some light shade. Full sun will burn its foliage and cause brown patches. If you notice its leaves turning a lighter colour, move it to a shadier spot.
Where To Put Caryota Mitis
Put a Fish Tail Palm in the living room to create an immediate elegant and unusual feature.
It also suits an adult’s bedroom, a study, or any room that has indirect light if you remember to water and mist it regularly. Because it’s an air purifier, it’s a good choice for rooms you spend lots of time in.
This tropical palm needs a warm home, so keep it clear of drafts.
Caryota Mitis is an unusually foliaged houseplant that catches your attention with its touchable fish-tailed leaves and totally tropical lazy day looks. It’s a must for jungle-feel rooms.