Martinique Cane Palm
A sunny spot
It's a bit of a diva so find it a prime position on the sunny side of the house.
It likes its soil moist but not soggy
The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot. Discard any drained water because the plant 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, it's safe to proceed with watering. If you can feel moisture, then wait before watering 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.
Mist its leaves
When they are dusty. But don't wet them too much.
Spa day, once a month
1. Trim off brown leaves snipping closely to the central stem. Pull out 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 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.
Why are my Martinique Cane Palm's thinning and losing leaves?
Most signs of unhappiness point to over-watering. If you find your palm losing leaves, cut back on the watering and make sure the soil is draining well. Wait for the soil to totally dry before watering again. If it's been two or three years, repot it with fresh soil removing any dead roots that may be rotten. It will recover quicker if you move it outdoors. Spray Neem Medicine every couple of days for a few weeks.
What is the white fungus taking over my Martinique Cane Palm?
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. Spray Neem Medicine every couple of days for a few weeks.
Why are my Martinique Cane Palm’s leaf tips browning?
Sometimes, 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. Increase your watering a bit, water in the evenings to stop evaporation and mist its leaves more frequently.