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Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa

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Pot: Eco Planter
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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Approximate Size: 10" to 14" W 24" to 36" H

A popular houseplant for more than three hundred years, the lady palm (Rhapis Excelsa) instantly brings elegance into any room. They are one of our indoor and outdoor plants — they can grow happily on your patio if you live in USDA hardiness zones 8b through 12. They grow from multiple stems and have fan-shaped fronds, which give them a truly unique look. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also low maintenance too.

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Lady Palm Care Guide & Presentation

Lady Palm

Lady Palm: Overview

The Lady Palm, scientifically known as Rhapis excelsa, is a graceful and elegant plant known for its slender, upright stems and lush, fan-shaped foliage. Belonging to the family Arecadeae, this beautiful palm is native to Southern China and Taiwan. It thrives in hardy plant zones 9 to 11 and is characterized by its long lifespan when provided with proper care. While not particularly sun-loving, lady palms are adaptable and can tolerate low-light conditions. They have an easy-care nature and make a wonderful addition to any indoor space. Moreover, lady palms are perfect for households with pets, as they’re not toxic to animals. 

Rhapis Excelsa: Alternative Names

  • Lady Palm
  • Ground Rattan
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Miniature Fan Palm
  • Fern Rhapis
  • Broadleaf Lady Palm

Lady Palm: Benefits

  • Excellent air purifier, removing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, allergens, and other toxins from your living space
  • Boosts your mental health
  • Humidifies your home
  • Non-toxic to pets
  • One of the easiest plants to own
  • Hardy and almost impossible to kill
  • Adds a tropical vibe to your home

Lady Palm Care Guide

The lady palm plant is relatively low-maintenance, making it suitable for beginners and busy plant owners. See below its growing and care requirements.

Watering and Light

The lady palm tree prefers evenly moist soil but can tolerate occasional drying out between waterings. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, and ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot. 

These plants thrive in bright, indirect light. However, they also tolerate lower light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves.   

Temperature and Humidity

The Rhapis palm prefers temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) and is sensitive to cold drafts. Protect it from sudden temperature drops, especially during the winter. 

While they can adapt to average indoor humidity levels, lady palms appreciate slightly higher humidity. Regular misting or placing a humidity tray nearby can help maintain adequate moisture levels. 

Soil, Repotting, and Feeding

Repot your lady palm every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Spring is the best time for repotting and encouraging healthy growth.

Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix for your lady palm and ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. 

Fertilize every 2-3 months during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. 


Lady palms are typically propagated by dividing the root ball during repotting. Each division should have several healthy stems and roots. Use this opportunity to share a lady palm as a gift with friends and family.

Pruning, Cleaning, and Common Issues

Remove any yellowing or dead leaves regularly to maintain the plant’s appearance and overall health. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth periodically to remove dust and keep them looking glossy and vibrant. 

Lady palms are pest-resistant, but insects like spider mites or scale may affect these large plants. Treat any infestations promptly with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

With their elegant fronds and adaptable nature, lady palms make an excellent addition to any indoor space. Whether you’re a seasoned plant enthusiast or just starting your indoor gardening journey, these versatile plants offer beauty and benefits.

Best Locations & Uses

  • Lady Palms are non-toxic to cats and dogs, making them safe additions to homes with furry friends.
  • With their low-maintenance nature and tolerance for various light conditions, lady palms are perfect for those new to indoor gardening.
  • Their air-purifying qualities and calming presence make them ideal for enhancing the ambiance of office spaces or creating a relaxing atmosphere in bedrooms.
  • Due to their impressive size and striking foliage, the lady palm can be a stunning focal point in larger rooms or open living areas.
  • Lady Palms thrive in warm, humid conditions, making them an excellent porch plant in regions with mild climates. 

Companion Plants

Enjoy the beauty of your lady palm with these complementary green companions:

  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.): The Peace Lily's elegant white blooms and lush foliage pair perfectly with the graceful fronds of the Lady Palm, creating a serene and harmonious indoor oasis. 
  • Neanthe Bella Palm (Chamaedorea elegans): With its compact size and feathery leaves, the Neanthe Bella Palm complements the lady palm's tropical aesthetic, adding a touch of greenery to your home.
  • Calathea Orbifolia Plant (Calathea orbifolia): Featuring striking striped leaves and a unique pattern, the Calathea Orbifolia adds visual interest and texture to any indoor plant collection, harmonizing beautifully with the elegant foliage of the lady palm.

Alternative Plants

Looking for alternatives to the lady palm? Check out these beauties available here on Lively Root.

  • Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens): With its graceful fronds and air-purifying qualities, the Areca Palm offers a tropical ambiance similar to the lady palm, making it an excellent choice for indoor greenery enthusiasts. 
  • Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum): Resembling the lady palm in its resilience and elegant appearance, the Cat Palm adds a charming touch to any space with its feathery fronds.
  • Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera): Bringing a taste of the tropics indoors, the Coconut Palm is a pet-friendly plant, which features striking foliage and a slender trunk reminiscent of the lady palm. It is a bold statement piece for larger spaces.

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