12:00 There are several other fan palms, but this is the only one that is native to Europe. The large, deeply divided, fan-shaped fronds give this plant its other frequently used common names: dwarf fan palm and hair palm.
Each dark green leaf measures about 2ft/60cm across and consists of a number of stiff, spiky segments radiating from the base. The leaf stalk, which is usually l-2ft/30-60cm long, is sharply toothed.
The plant makes a bushy, architectural shrub, which is generally not difficult to grow in room conditions. Where winter temperatures fall below 55°-60°F/13°-16°C, water this palm sparingly and allow the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings. Even well- established plants do not produce flowers or fruit when grown indoors.
Take care when handling the palm: the leaf stems are covered with sharp teeth.
The long, stiff leaf segments often become shaggy and split at their tips. FACT FILE
ORIGIN Western Mediterranean countries.
HEIGHT, To 4ft/1.2 m.
POTTING MIX Soil-based.
REPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger every 2 years in spring until maximum convenient size has been reached; thereafter top-dress.
PROPAGATION Sow fresh seed in a propagator, or carefully separate 8-10-in/20-25-cm suckers, with roots, from the parent plant and pot up individually. KEEPING PLANTS This palm can survive for several years, given good growing conditions.
Chamaerops Humilis Palmae European Fan Palm PLANT CARE
- Bright light with some direct sun, although the plant will tolerate light shade.
- Minimum temperature 50°F/10°C.
- Keep the soil moist at all times in the growing period, but do not allow the pot to stand in water.
- Liquid-feed every 10 to 14 days in summer.