plants

Mae

Chamaerops Humilis

{ Dwarf fan palm; Mediterranean fan palm; African hair palm; European fan palm; Palm Cabbage }

£45.00

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About Mae

Mae is an all-round people-pleaser, indeed she's been our most popular plant at Patch since we launched in 2016. Statuesque and easy-to-maintain, she is a superb plant for beginners and veterans alike. Also known as a 'Mediterranean fan palm', Mae is an extremely undemanding lady that can thrive in almost any urban condition.

She marches to the beat of her own drummer too - the only palm to be native to Europe, she's got a unique pine cone-esque trunk and leaves that fan out into swirling triangles. She's tolerant of drought, wind and shade and will grow at a rate of about 4cm a year. When mature, she will grow short yellow flowers in the summer. She comes in three sizes, so you can add a touch of the tropics to your home even if you're low on outdoor space.

Quick Facts:

Botanical name: Chamaerops Humilis

Nicknames: Dwarf fan palm, Mediterranean fan palm; African hair plant

Plant type: Evergreen multi-stem shrub / Outdoor

Toxicity: Non-toxic, but very spikey!

Current height & Nursery Pot Size:

Plant height (including pot): 60-70cm. Nursery pot width: 18cm
Plant height (including pot): 90-100cm; Nursery pot width: 26cm
Plant height (including pot): 120-130cm; Nursery pot width: 30cm

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Mae

The basics

Mae is happiest on a site that enjoys at least a little sun and at least a little shade.

As you might expect for a palm tree, she's not too keen on damp sites. Mixing sand or gravel into your soil works well to help water drain away - here's a guide of how to best plant up your outdoor plants.

Water sparingly, especially during Winter. If she's to be planted in one of our 30cm pots, she'll need one of these 40L bags of multi-purpose compost.

Going the extra mile

If Mae is planted in a container or pot, she'll stay smaller than if you let her have free roam of the garden bed.

Replant her every three years, but only if she looks like she's outgrowing her current pot.