Madagascar Travellers Palm
It’s happiest in the sun
At a sunny window it will grow big and tall. It won't be happy in a shady spot.
It likes its soil moist
The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole. Discard drained water because the plant doesn't like wet feet and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of 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, then proceed to water. 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 four times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.
Spa day, once a month.
1. Trim off any brown leaves snipping closely to the central stem. Pull out any old stumps from the base to make space for new leaves.
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 also helps it to soak in light more easily.
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
Mist its leaves as an occasional treat! But don't wet it too much.
Why are my Travellers Palm leaves wilting?
Most likely it isn’t getting enough light. Move it to a sunnier spot and wait and watch.
Why are my Travelers Palm's stems turning black?
Black spots usually indicate root rot. Root rot occurs when the roots are too wet. This can be prevented by making sure you’re not overwatering and making sure your pot is draining well so the soil is moist but not waterlogged.