The ideal large specimen without taking up space in all directions. The Traveller's Palm is not a palm, it's a giant herb that grows in a spectacular flat fan formation and named Traveller's Palm due to the east-west leaf orientation of their leaves, this predictable characteristic allowed wayward travellers in Africa to move in the right direction.
Available only in urban Auckland & Whangarei
Ideal for intermediate plant keepers or beyond.
Light Requirements: Bright Indirect Light is ideal, handles full sun.
Moisture & Soil Requirements: Must have evenly moist soil with good drainage in warm seasons - never soggy soil. Dial back watering frequency in winter unless you have dry air inside. Let this plant partly dry out between watering, the top 5cm or so can be dry before requiring water. If in doubt, use a moisture metre.
Growth & Nutrients: Clumping growth habit, large banana-like leaves grow in a fan formation. Trunks develop over time but usually when planted outdoors. Can handle dry spells. Suits large apartments or homes with high ceilings and lots of light. Outdoors these plants do well when protected from wind and frost in Northland only. To limit leaves splitting, only plant in a sheltered courtyard or against a sunny wall. Aggressive root system so keep this plant away from water pipes. Feed with a general-purpose fertiliser for containers in spring and summer.
Temperature, Humidity & Ambient requirements: Prefers warm, humid environments inside but tolerates a range of humidity levels. Humidity aids the leaves unfurling correctly, mist new growth if your home is dry.
Toxicity: Mildly toxic to pets and people.
Plant Size Guide
The plant in the photos is an example and an approximate guide only however we try to show small examples so you get a pleasant surprise. Sizes, flowering state and colours change throughout the seasons and variation will occur.
Plant Heights - because the plant's foliage must fit inside our Plant Cartons, the actual height of a plant's central trunk (meristem) will be shorter than the box it fits in.
Small Plants - 14cm wide nursery pot - 1 Litre volume - Plants fit in a 50cm tall box.
Medium Plants - 17cm wide pots either 2L hanging pot or 2.5L nursery pot - Plants fit in a 75cm tall box.
Large Plants - 25cm wide pot, 10L volume. Plants fit in a 100cm tall box.
XL Plants - Plants over 100cm tall in pot sizes specified, 25cm/10L or greater and are hand delivered within Auckland/Northland only.
Plant courier orders are processed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
North Island orders are targeted overnight delivery, South Island orders are sent on a 2-day target but these are not a guaranteed delivery timeframe.
Add 1 extra day after a public holiday as well as for rural addresses or remote towns.
Monday - We send orders placed on previous Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Tuesday - We send Weekend orders from previous Saturday & Sunday.
Wednesday - We send orders placed from Monday & Tuesday.
XL Plants are delivered only within urban Auckland & Whangarei and this service is for non-urgent orders. This excludes satellite destinations such as Beachlands, Pukekohe, Piha, Helensville etc and Whangarei Heads. We may deliver at any time Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in Auckland and you need to have a sheltered accessible position for us to deliver to.
Plants in Transit
Each Small, Medium & Large plant is individually contained within its own protective cardboard Plant Carton which may be joined to other cartons in your order.
Plants typically take just a day or two to arrive, however they are usually fine in their cartons for 1-2 weeks, and many can go longer, so a few extra days are not usually cause for concern.
Whether it takes 1 or 7 days, let your plant recover from its journey by placing in gentle light and adding a little water and it will be back to its best within a couple of days. Let us know if there are any major issues via the contact page.