Roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm
Roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm has graceful, arching fronds with an upright form. They are very sturdy palms, and are more forgiving than other tropical palms. They do best with some humidity and plenty of bright direct light.
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More tolerant of conditions than other palms, Roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm does well in bright, direct light to full sun and can stand to dry out occasionally. They are considered the most graceful and beautiful of the palms, and are frequently used in tropical containers for the summer months. Plants are either male or female, and both are needed to produce flowers and seeds. These palms are very unlikely to flower indoors. Size of the palm varies based on the size of the container. They look magnificent paired with Kimberlee Queen Ferns, petunias and hibiscus. Indoors, Roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm does best with at least a few hours of bright, direct light from western or southern exposure. They will tolerate lower light levels, but care needs to be taken that they are not overwatered. Pygmy Date Palms grow very slowly, usually about 6 inches a year of trunk space. Palm fronds appear from the center of the palm and expand as they age. Lower fronds will need to be removed as they age, contributing to the naturally upright habit of the Pygmy Date Palms.
History and introduction of Pygmy Date Palms:
Pygmy Date Palms are originally from southern China, Laos, and Vietnam. In its native habitat, Pygmy Date Palms have the ability to sucker, or produce small plants from the same base as the parent plant that will grow to become large trunks and palms. In cultivation, however, these palms have lost the ability to sucker, and instead are planted usually 3 to a container in 14" diameter pots or larger. Specimens in gardens can be found as a single trunk, triple trunk or multistem as they have suckered. Seeds from wild plants will have the ability to sucker, and are viable. Phoenix roebelenii is the Latin name for Pygmy Date Palm. Phoenix comes from the Greek word for Date Palm, while roebelenii is named for Carl Roebelin who discovered the species.