PALM: Palms are one of the most documented and most studied plants in the world and there are over 2600 species of palm tree types known today. Palm trees have an amazing amount of variations and differences in morphology, creating one the most diverse range of species. Basic characteristics of palm trees include growth from a single stem with crowns of evergreen leaves arranged in either a fan shape or feathery blooms. Most palms have inflorescence containing colorful flowers, which are usually small and white. The fruits of palms are considered to be drupes, or fruits containing a fleshy, soft part surrounding a hard seed center.
The Triangle Palm ( Dypsis decaryi) is one of the more attractive palm species. It is characterized by its meticulously arranged fronds that form the shape of a triangle. What makes the Triangle Palm so conducive to first time palm planters is that it grows extremely well whether indoors or outdoors. Because of its beautiful and unusual shape, they are a favorite to plant for enthusiasts and hobbyists.
Palms are attractive ornamentals throughout the world in tropical or Mediterranean-like climates. Many are easy-to-grow houseplants in colder regions and will produce new glossy, dark green leaves each year. The instructions below are for growing indoors.
LIGHT: Provide your plant with plenty of light near a south- or west-facing window.
WATERING: Water thoroughly when the surface of the soil mix is dry to the touch. Plants require less water during the winter months when they are not actively growing.
TEMPERATURE: Provide room temperatures above 50°F.
FERTILIZER: When plants are in active growth from April through September, use a balanced (18-18-18) houseplant fertilizer monthly, diluted to half strength.
The Triangle Palm also produces beautiful flowers that are yellow and green in colour. They rest atop of stems that grow over a metre long. The flowers also bear a small round black inedible fruit that measures an inch in diameter. This type of plant is in bloom all season making it doubly pleasing to the eyes.
It grows considerably fast, reaching from 4 to 6 m tall and 3 to 5 m wide. It will tolerate cold temperatures of 0 degrees c but only for short periods of time. In cold temperatures make sure that your Triangle Palm is as dry as possible. It thrives particularly well under the hot sun but will also grow under shade.
As with most palm species, water requirements are low so make sure that the soil is completely dry before treating your Triangle Palm to renewed watering. To ensure dryness and good drainage use a potting soil mixed with some sand.
The plant you will receive is growing in a 4" growers pot, approximately 4 inches tall. Similar to the second photo.