Common name: Laos date palm, Mekong date palm, Dwarf date palm
Origin: Asia, Laos
Height at maturity: 2 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: palm
Flower color: cream yellow
Type of soil: rich and draining
Watering: copiously all year round
Use: pot, isolated
Diseases and pests: spider mites, scale insects
Toxicity: edible fruits
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
A small, graceful palm tree, it measures a maximum of 2 meters in height when mature.
The stipe (trunk) is thin and characteristically marked by the base of the old petioles (internal leaf structure). At the end of the stipe develops pinnate, arched leaves with fine and light leaflets of a pretty shiny green which form a crown of more than 2 meters in diameter.
Producing edible dates, it is like all Phoenixes, dioecious, which means that it takes a male and female plant to ensure fruiting.
This palm requires significant watering throughout the year to grow perfectly.
This species shows a certain capacity of resistance to the cold which allows it to acclimatize in the most sheltered places. It supports short freezes from -4°C to -5°C. Ideal on the veranda, this dwarf palm will appreciate the sun on your terrace or balcony in summer.
Phoenix roebelenii has become a popular indoor plant in recent years. Its ability to withstand both excessive watering, reduced light intensities, and a relatively dry atmosphere makes it an excellent indoor palm.