Beautiful Native Australian Fan Palm
The Australian Fan Palm is one of Australia's most beautiful and majestic palms. It grows in the North Queensland Rainforest, from north of Townsville to Cape York. The Australian Fan Palm has huge circular fan leaves with jagged edges and is best grown in shade; usually the plant is healthiest in deep shade, the deeper the healthier (without being in the dark!). Licuala ramsayi is an emergent palm, meaning it starts of in the understory of the rainforest with protection from bigger trees, but eventually grows bigger than the other trees and handles full sun when it outgrows them.
Growing the Australian Fan Palm
The Australian Fan Palm grows to 15m tall with a single trunk and the huge circular leaves grow to 2m wide. It is one of the more cold tolerant Licualas, but still not frost tolerant. It is spectacular when in fruit with lots of seed berries that stand out amongst the green foliage.
This palm is best grown in a shady position, in moist, fertile soil. It benefits from regular mulching. Fertilise it regularly with a complete slow release fertiliser, liquid fertiliser (while it's small and you can still reach it) or an organic fertiliser. It is a great palm for pots & containers, indoors and on verandahs. Keep it well watered, especially during warmer weather in spring and summer.
Some additional Australian Fan Palm Grow Notes
Soaking your Australian Fan Palm:
When you receive your Australian Fan Palms, unwrap them carefully, and give their roots a good soak in seaweed solution or water for a couple of hours. Pour left-over seaweed solution on the plant after you have potted it up.
Pot size for Licuala ramsayi:
Australian Fan Palms (Licuala ramsayi) bought from Lush Plants is best potted into a 5" or 6" pot. Don’t choose a huge pot in the hope the plant will grow faster, as it won’t! If the root system is bigger than the pot size above, choose one to suit.
Potting mix for your Australian Fan Palms:
Use a well draining potting mix which is of good quality. You can mix your own, or purchase a pre-mix from garden centres. You can buy special Palm Tree potting mix at Bunnings and garden centers, or simply use a well draining, good quality mix and add in some organic matter (if it is not already included in the mix)
Fertilizing your Australian Fan Palms:
All plants appreciate good, nutrient-rich soil, and will grow well with a regular application of the right fertilizer. All Palm Trees love a fertilizer high in nitrogen, which promotes leaf growth, but make sure you choose something which has all elements of NPK to ensure root growth and disease resistance as well. You can buy a specific Palm Tree fertilizer.
Make sure you water in your plants really, really well! You need to get air bubbles out of the soil, as roots die when they come into contact with air bubbles. This might cause them to die back, prohibits them from thriving and might even cause death. It is one of the most important things to do when re-potting plants! Once watered in, water your plants regularly. The rate would depend on the pot size. Most leafy plants will give you an indication of when they need watering, but it’s best to not let it get that far. You can stick your finger in the soil to check, the soil should feel moist to your second knuckle. If it feels dry, water. It is best to water when the plant needs it, and water well, rather than watering small amounts. This will stop the roots from developing properly. Make sure you don’t overwater to avoid root rot and cloggy soil.
It’s best to keep your plants in a protected position away from heat, sun, draughts etc. until you see some new growth, such as a new shoot or leaf. Once they have accustomed to their new climate and environment, you can start adjusting them to their final position in the garden, or pot. Slowly adjust them to full sun, and keep them protected from frost and wind for as long as possible. Growing plants up in pots until they’re nice and strong will ensure a good start in the garden, so we recommend growing them in pots for a while first.