Grow Notes for Ivory Cane Palm (Pinanga coronata)
Choosing the right pot size for your Ivory Cane Palms is essential for it’s ability to thrive. Do not choose a huge pot in the hopes the Ivory Cane Palm plants will grow faster, as it will not. Most small palms will grow well in 75mm or 100mm pots, medium palms will often be suited to 125mm to 140mm pots, and large palms will need bigger pots to suit.
When selecting a potting mix for your Ivory Cane Palm choose a good quality soil that drains a well. You can mix your own, or purchase a pre-mix from garden centers. Adding some sand, perlite or vermiculite to your plants exchange medium will improve drainage and promote root strength.
Ivory Cane Palms appreciate good, nutrient-rich soil, and will grow well with a regular application of the right fertilizer. It is best to find a fertilizer specifically designed for palms. Generally, a slow release fertilizer is adequate for your Ivory Cane Palm plants. Adding organic matter such as blood & bone or Dynamic Lifter to the soil will also ensure your Ivory Cane Palm plants thrive.
Proper watering in of your Ivory Cane Palm plants is essential for them to flourish. Additionally, when re-potting your Ivory Cane Palm plants however it is necessary to water in the plant properly. 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, prohibiting the Ivory Cane Palm plants from thriving. It is one of the most important things to do when re-potting plants! Once watered in, water your Ivory Cane Palm plants regularly, the rate of which you can gauge by sticking your finger in the soil to check that the medium is moist to your second knuckle. If it feels dry, water. It is best to water when the plant needs rather than watering small amounts daily. This will stop the Ivory Cane Palm's roots from developing properly. Make sure you don’t overwater to avoid root rot and cloggy soil. Ivory Cane Palm plants, like most, require less water during the winter. Also, potted Ivory Cane Palms will need more watering than those in the ground.
It’s best to start your Ivory Cane Palm plants in a protected position away from direct heat and sun. Once you can see new growth, such as a new shoot or leaf the plants are accustomed to their new climate and environment. You can begin the process of slowly acclimating your Ivory Cane Palm plants to their final position in the garden, or pot. Ivory Cane Palms do best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West slowly adjust them to full sun, and keep them protected from frost and wind for as long as possible. Growing your Ivory Cane Palms in pots until they’re nice and strong will ensure a good start in the garden. Make sure you mulch well when you plant your Ivory Cane Palms in the garden – mulch conditions your soil, protects roots and saves water!