This plant’s broad, fan-shaped leaves earned it the nickname table palm. It’s a good choice if you like the exotic palm look but are limited on space. It’s a very slow grower, so it won’t take up a lot of room.
The table palm – or livistona rotundifolia if you’re feeling fancy – is native to Southeast Asia. Wild ones look a little different to the domestic version, growing to enormous heights, sometimes over 20 metres. In your home, it will stay far more compact. Keep it happy by putting it in a spot that’s bright, but out of direct sun, and water it regularly to keep its soil lightly moist. Misting regularly is also a good idea, to stop the ends of its leaves drying out.
It will grow very slowly, but you can help it on its way by giving it a dose of liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer. It won’t reach 20 metres, though, thankfully.
Please be aware that its stems are a little spiky, so it’s best kept out of reach of small children.