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The beautiful and legendary travelers palm is not a palm at all, but spectacular palm-like imposter related to bananas and bird of paradise.
These plants grow to be enormous, with huge leaves sprouting from a long stem in a flat, fan-shaped pattern like a peacock's tail.
Because of the immense width and height proportions, this is one of those South Florida "palms" that work best in more expansive landscapes and with larger homes.
Get ready for a giant of a plant - a "travelers tree" can grow very tall and takes up lots of space while young (before it grows a trunk).
- The farther south in Florida you go the taller they can get. In northern areas they'll get about 30 feet high. Close to Miami they may reach 50 feet - or more.
- The growth rate is fast until a trunk begins to develop. Then the plant settles into a nice, moderate pace.
- These plants like full sun but can handle part shade.
- Travelers do well in Zone 10 or coastal Zone 9B areas.
- Anchor for a garden bed
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Height : 30 Plus
Wide: 8 - 10'
Growth Rate: Fast
Plant Spacing: 12' - 18'
Pet Friendly - yes
Caring for a Traveler's Palm tree involves several important steps to ensure its health and growth:
1. Sunlight: Traveler's Palms thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place your palm in a location that receives partial shade or filtered sunlight. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
2. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Traveler's Palm deeply and thoroughly, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.
3. Humidity: Traveler's Palms prefer high humidity levels. Mist the leaves regularly with water or place a humidifier nearby to create a humid environment. This helps prevent the tips of the leaves from turning brown.
4. Fertilization: Feed your Traveler's Palm with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for palm trees. Apply the fertilizer according to the package instructions, usually once every three to four months during the growing season (spring and summer).
5. Pruning: Remove any dead or yellowing leaves as they age or become damaged. Trim off any brown leaf tips to maintain the plant's appearance. Avoid excessive pruning, as it can stress the palm.
6. Pests: Monitor your Traveler's Palm for common pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestations, treat them promptly with an appropriate insecticidal soap or neem oil spray.
7. Repotting: As the Traveler's Palm grows, it may require repotting every two to three years. Choose a pot that is one size larger and use well-draining soil. Repotting in spring allows the palm to establish itself before the active growing season.
8. Cold Protection: Traveler's Palms are sensitive to cold temperatures. If you live in a region with occasional cold snaps, protect the palm by covering it with frost cloth or bringing it indoors during extreme cold spells.
By following these care guidelines, you can ensure that your Traveler's Palm remains healthy, vibrant, and a beautiful addition to your indoor or outdoor space. Regular attention to watering, light, and humidity will help your palm thrive for years to come.