Livistona - Plant

Livistona rotundifolia 

A lovely fan palm!

This very decorative oriental fan palm is easily cared for. As a house plant it has a really exotic look about it! Stand it prominently in your living room. The fan palm needs lots of light but do keep out of the midday sun.
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  • Planting
  • Upon receipt of your Livistona rotundifolia you have several options:
    1. Stand it in an attractive planter with holes in the base. Cover the holes with a layer of gravel or potsherds and stand the plant, complete with nursery pot on top. The planter will need to be stood in a dish to collect drained off water.
    2. Pot it up into an attractive planter with holes in the base. Cover the holes with a layer of gravel or potsherds and add potting compost. Stand the root ball at the correct depth and fill the pot with compost around the roots. Press firmly down - leave a space of about 3 cm from the top edge of the pot. Stand the planted in a dish to collect drained off water.
    3. Stand it in an attractive planter with NO holes but do layer the bottom of the pot with gravel so the plant's pot is off the bottom. A wide planter is best as then you can see whether or not the bottom of the pot is standing in water or not (it shouldn't be).
    4. Or just stand the plant, nursery pot and all, on a dish - on a layer of gravel, or just directly on the dish.
    The best spot for your livistona
    The most ideal spot for your Livistona rotundifolia is:
    1. One with lots of light but that is sheltered from the hottest midday sunlight - early mornings or evenings are not a problem (if fact it will appreciate it!). Usually somewhere around 3 metres from a window is ideal.
    2. Somewhere warm, (18-23 degrees centigrade) wonderful if you happen to have under floor heating. Immediately next to or above a radiator will not be appreciated (it will dry the potting compost out too quickly, giving more chance of leaf drop).
    3. Somewhere with high humidity (60-70%). Spraying the plant regularly will help - 2 or 3 times a day even!
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  • Care
  • The Livistona rotundifolia has a natural dormant period in November and December. Water less and do not feed. The plant need not be moved to a cooler position and after the dormant period, just start feeding and watering as normal.

    Spray once or twice daily in a room where humidity is < 50%. If lime marks show on leaves where water is too hard, it may be better to use only rainwater or cooled, boiled water to spray.
    Extra tips
    Plants in the wild naturally lose leaves, so your plant with leaves going brown and falling off is not necessarily indicative of a problem - as long as it keeps producing new leaves, all is well. Remove brown leaves by carefully snipping them off.
    Your livistona will thrive and stay fresh if you follow these tips.
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  • Specifics
  • Livistona rotundifolia is a strong house plant, easily grown. The leaf stalks are as many other palms, slightly spiked and divided.

    Livistona originated in the tropical rain forests and open woodlands of Asia and Australia where it is often in the shade. It can become a fairly large plant that does well in full sun too.
    In the tropics, the large round fan shaped leaves of this decorative palm tree can easily reach two metres across and long.
    In temperate climes the Livistona rotundifolia makes a very popular houseplant. The yellow flowers and edible fruit is however only to be expected in tropical regions.

    Livistona is a member of the palm family (Arecaceae).
    The Livistona was named after Baron Livistone, founder of the Botanical Garden in Edinburgh.
    Rotundifolia is Latin for: round shaped leaves.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Livistona rotundifolia 
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee
    Color Green
    Light preference partial sun
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height25 - 50 cm
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