tropical tree like the lady palm might be the
perfect replacement for your Christmas tree.
only is it a chore but it is also kind of depressing to
take down the Christmas tree. I remember my favorite
restaurant in Mississippi would fight off the dilemma by
leaving the tree up all year. In February, it is a
Valentine tree, followed by an Easter egg tree and on
through various celebrations. It is also obvious to you
now, that it is an artificial tree.
if youíve grown accustomed to having a live tree you
may be going through a depression from a lack of living
green. You do not have to despair when the old Christmas
tree comes down, simply replace it with a nice tropical
of my top picks is the lady palm, Raphis excelsa. This
rugged palm may be among the easiest to grow indoors
especially since it can tolerate a little lower light
than might be expected. Donít get me wrong, bright
indirect light is still the best. The ones we have
chosen for our visitor center are right at 4-feet tall
and located next to a baby grand piano.
palms send out frond-like stems from the middle of the
plant giving it a bushy appearance. As it slowly grows,
you may have to occasionally remove a dead trunk or
branch. Cut these at the bottom removing the whole
shoot. In most cases you will hardly even notice one has
your lady palm likes to be kept moist do not overwater
as this will initiate rot. As you plant your lady palm
into its new container home notice how the majority of
the roots are congregated at the bottom. This will give
you your first tip on watering. Though the plant seems
dry at the top it may still be moist enough where the
roots are active. Since you are indoors in a much lower
light situation it stands to reason your palm will not
need as much fertilizing. In fact if you have good deep
green color you are just fine.
next favorite Christmas tree replacement is a fig called
Alii, Ficus maclellandii, and you may very well not
recognize it as the wonderful ficus it is. Unlike the
weeping fig or Ficus benjamina its long willow shaped
leaves are not prone to drop. Like the Ficus benjamina,
you can find these with straight or braided trunks.
the plant dry completely between watering and then
drench it thoroughly. Remember that all figs will suffer
if left to stand in water. Plants in a brightly lit area
like a mall will need fertilizing about 4 times a year
while yours in a normal home situation will need
fertilizing in spring and summer. In other words,
fertilize lightly when the plant is growing. This indoor
ficus is not prone to insects, but if they become a
problem, use a fine horticultural oil spray.
indoor tropical trees go through a period of adjusting
to their surroundings, and unless it is too dark, these
plants should do fine. Tropical trees are excellent
choices to give you that feeling of having a little bit
of Jamaica growing inside. They are definitely perfect
for that spot where the Christmas tree stood.