Avoid crispy edges by keeping the air moist. Misting every couple of days should be enough.
He likes his soil moist, so water him when the top two inches of soil feel dry. Don’t let him dry out completely.
He’s happiest in a bright spot but out of direct sunlight. He can tolerate light shade but doesn’t love it.
He grows very slowly. He can eventually reach a height of about 2 metres, but that will take quite a few years.
Table palm; Footstool palm; Fan palm
PLANT HEIGHT (INCLUDING POT)
Not toxic, but spiky
NURSERY POT SIZE
About table palm
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.