The Canary date palm is a popular ornamental plant grown outdoors in tropical, sub-tropical and in some warmer temperate regions. While it grows up to 20 metres in it's native Mediterranean habitat the indoor variety can be kept at a more manageable height, of 6ft tall.
This slow growing feather type palm is best suited to growing in a greenhouse or conservatory and can be moved outdoors on a patio when temperatures rise in temperate regions.
Once it matures the plant will need plenty or room for it's size in spread rather than height.
Foliage: The leaflets are very straight on this palm and narrow compared to other feather types, like the Kentia and Parlor. The large fronds grow upwards from a single crown (grow over a metre long) and arch over slightly, although they're quite stiff. Once the lower fronds die off the crown begins to look more like a trunk.
Ease of growing: The Phoenix canariensis is a real joy to grow and easy enough "even for the beginner" to care for, if enough light can be provided, good drainage and they have enough space within a room.
These live for many years and grow slowly, so you may want to pick up a plant that is already at least 3 - 4ft tall to be able to display it in it's full glory.
|Names:||Canary Island Date Palm (common). Phoenix Canariensis (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||Height 6ft indoors.|
|Poisionous for pets:||Non toxic for cats, dogs|
|Temperature:||Happily tolerate temperatures from 20-100°F (-6-37°C), and can survive short stays outside of this temperature zone.|
|Light:||The Canary date palm loves it's sunlight. Your best to provide it a combination of sunlight and shade, which makes an east or west facing window a good spot to place your plant.|
|Watering:||AVOID over-watering and don't allow the soil to lack good drainage. I would allow the soil to become slightly dry at the top and then water.|
|Soil:||A peat based potting mix with good drainage is best used. Two parts peat and one perlite or sand works fine. Fine pine bark works well within a mix too.|
|Fertilizer:||I always use a feed specifically for palms because they are very sensitive to being over fed and need the right balance of nutrients suitable for them. Keep in mind that your b|
|Re-Potting:||You only need to re-pot this palm when it has become pot bound. Every 2 years you can top dress the soil by removing the top few inches and replacing it, then every 4 years completely renew the soil and check the root systems size and health. Roots may need pruning.|
|Humidity:||Average room humidity is fine and mist leaves during summer.|
|Propagation:||Propagate from seed. Temperatures of approximately 80°F (27°C) are required - making propagation difficult for the average grower.|