Livistonia

An Asian, or Australian palm, and a lover of both light and water.
Common name : Livistonia
Scientific name : Livistona spp.
Family : Arecaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for Livistonia spp. not yet available.

Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 12b
Height 100 - 2500
pH 6.5 - 7.2

Identify my livistonia

This identification is not necessarily obvious. The genus Livistonia includes several species of single-stemmed palms, surmounted by a crown of dead leaves, dry and pungent. The leaves are at the end of a very long spiny petiole sizing 0.8 to 1.6 m for adults. The fan-shaped limb consists of several linear, partially welded lobes. The flowers are grouped into panicles, and bear 3 petals.

Plant my livistonia

Avoid planting these palm trees which originate from warm areas outside, unless the temperatures never drop below 13 ° C in your garden. In pots, plant in loam mixed with potting soil, and put gravel at the bottom of the tank for good drainage. Choose a pot as large as possible - several tens of liters, because the Livistonia is a tree. Place the pot in the light, without direct sun in summer. In winter, it appreciates all the light available.

Sow my livistonia

Sow in the spring at 19 to 24 ° C - and if possible soak the seeds for 24 hours before.

Repot my livistonia

Every two or three years, repot your palm tree, cut 1/3 of the roots, and replace 1/3 of the earth. If it is too big to be handled you can replace the top layer of soil with new potting soil, or some compost on about ten centimeters.

Water my livistonia

Palm trees of the genus Livistonia like water, as they usually grow at the edge of streams in the nature. Water once or twice a week, as soon as the topsoil dries. This rhythm goes in winter up to every 8 - 12 days.

Prune my livistonia

Cut off the dry leaves.

Shelter my livistonia

Keep your potted palm trees sheltered from frost by bringing them inside, near a window but protecting them from the sun.

Put outside my livistonia

In June, take outside your sheltered pots: find a them a location protected from the wind!

Check on my livistonia

Watch for red spiders and mealybugs. The former benefit from an absence of leaf cleaning. If you see any, clean your Livistonia with clean water. Mealybugs can be removed with black soap, which picks them up from the leaves. Then rinse your livistonia with clear water.

Spray my livistonia

To compensate for the low air moisture inside, you can spray the palms with non-calcareous water and place a cup filled with clay balls and water under the plant. Remember to regularly remove the dust that is deposited on the palms with a wet sponge: the leaves will perform better photosynthesis!

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