Rhapis Palm (Raphis excelsa or Lady Palm) Trees are a valuable palm for both indoor and outdoor use.
The most common forms are Rhapis excelsa and Rhapis humilis or 'Slender Lady Palm' both of these are used widely as indoor plants.
Rhapis palms come in Wide Leaf, Dwarf green and variegated forms such as Rhapis excelsa 'koban' and Rhapis excelsa 'eizannashiki'.
Rhapis Palm care.
The Raphis palm is an under story palm, it grows in tropical to subtropical climates of Asia and South East Asia. As an under story plant that grows well in lower light levels, the Raphis palm also makes an excellent indoor plant.
To make things even better, these versatile palms also cope with reasonably dry conditions. With attractive foliage they do have palmate foliage, wide and divided. The flowers are rather insignificant, however they are after all grown for the foliage.
These are a fairly shallow rooted, suckering plant, in the natural environment they will form a clump, however the spreading nature is slow and they are generally not regarded as invasive.
Division is the preferred method of propagation and flowering and seed germination is a little sporadic, however in Japan hybridization has produced some very desirable variegated forms.
Although these are really a sub tropical plant they cope well with cooler conditions, they do like moisture, and although they like strong filtered light, they also cope well with low light situations.
Raphis excelsa, or Lady Palm, is the most widely grown species, firstly because it is attractive, and secondly bearcats it is one of the easier species to propagate.
Being a hardy and versatile palm for both indoor and outdoor use. A situation in good filtered light is best, an all purpose slow release fertilizer and water well in a free draining potting mix.