Specie: P. roebelenii
Pygmy Date Palm or Miniature Date Palm
Name in Latin: Arecaceae
Name in English: Palm Family
Origin: native to southeastern Asia from southwestern China (Yunnan Province), northern Laos and northern Vietnam, (in Dien Bien Province, Ha Giang Province, Cao Bang Province, Lang Son Province)
Growth Habit: small to medium size, slow-growing slender tree growing to 2-3 meters or 6-10 feet tall.
Flower: small, yellowish, produced on a 45 cm inflorescence.
Blooming Period: April/May
Leaf: leaves are 60-120 cm long, pinnate with around 100 leaflets arranged in a single plane. Each leaflet is 15-25 cm long and 1 cm broad, slightly drooping, and grey-green in colour with scurfy pubescence below.
Ornamental plant, its growth can be regulated by the size of container it is raised in. It has a distinctive spiky, architectural appearance that is a must for any home.
Care and Handling
Soil: Grow in soil-based potting mix.
Amount of water: Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allow to dry out. Misting is necessary.
Nutrition: Feed weekly during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.
Special handling: likes partial shade to full sun
requires little pruning to develop a strong structure, is resistant to pests, is tolerant to soil variation,