It likes to be in full sunlight
A sunbather at heart. A high sunlight situation is ideal for this graceful creature. Right by an East facing window or on a balcony or terrace with full sun.
It doesn't like too much water
The best method is to give it a generous watering until liquid drains out of the pot. Discard any drained water because it doesn't like wet feet and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between waterings to make sure it does not get overwatered.
Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, then it is safe to proceed with watering, but if you can feel moisture, then you should wait before watering the plant again. The aim is to keep the lower level of soil moist but not soggy.It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.
Start with roughly 3 times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.
Spa day, once a month
1. Trim off brown leaves snipping closely to the central stem.
2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.
3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.
4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. Front and back. This not only makes your plant look nicer but helps it to soak in light more easily too
5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.
6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.
Mist its leaves occasionally
Especially in the hot, summer months.
What is the white fungus taking over my Colombo Supari?
In the colder months, it’s very common for a white substance to aggressively take over the stems and leaves for indoor palms . It may look like fungus but in fact it’s a pest called Mealy Bugs. Hose it down with running water and spray neem oil every couple of days for a few weeks.
Why are its leaf tips browning?
If exposed to harsh direct sun in the summer months, the tips of the leaves start to brown. It’s an easy fix, just move your plant slightly so that it gets morning sun but not the harsh noonday sun, up your watering a bit, start watering in the evenings to stop evaporation and give the leaves a slight misting every few weeks.