Hawaiian Palm - PlantBrighamia insignis
The Hawaiian palm (Brighamia insignis) is a very unusual and decorative house plant. New leaves form in the crown and the older, lowermost leaves turn yellow and wither. In its natural habitat in Hawaii very few of these exceptional and decorative plants remain, so a survival plan has been put in place. This plant can however be grown professionally and while they are no longer taken from the wild, growers cultivate them well. Supplied in a nursery pot.Show more
Show moreThe Hawaiian Palm is a very strong and beautiful houseplant, although it is called a palm it is actually a succulent, so will need very little water. Preferably use potting soil for cacti or mix some sharp sand or fine gravel with regular soil. Choose a pot with holes in the base and cover the bottom with a layer of gravel or hydrograins. Put some soil mixture in the pot and plant the root ball of the Hawaiian Palm at the appropriate depth. Fill with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Place the pot in a bright, warm area, but protect the leaves from direct sunlight.
Show moreWater your Hawaiian Palm approximately once a week or you can miss a week if the soil is still moist. Too much water will damage the plant. Remove the leaves that have turned completely yellow to stimulate the growth of new leaves. Spray the leaves regularly with rainwater. During the winter, keep the Hawaiian Palm in a pot in a cool, dry area (10-12 ° C). In spring you can place it in a sheltered warmer area and increase watering. It may need repotting into a larger pot, also add fertiliser diluted in water. By the summer, your Hawaiian Palm will look great on your patio.
Show moreBrighamia insignis is a very unique succulent from Hawaii. In Hawaii, it is called a vulcan palm or 'cabbage on a stick' and is a very rare and protected plant. There's a rescue plan in place now. It is however easily cultivated by professional growers and now readily available. They are no longer removed from the wild, but personally grown.
This plant's trunk is like a reservoir so the plant is very drought tolerant. Remove the leaves at the bottom as they turn yellow - this is normal and new leaves will continually appear. As the plant leave are shed, 'scars' appear making it resemble the trunk of a palm tree. In the winter months, light yellow flowers may appear.