Chinese Fan Palm Tree

Botanical Name: Livistona chinensis

Chinese Fan Palm is a BIG plant with sprawling fanlike leaves that grow up to 2 ft (60 cm) across.

When mature, this palm is a picture of elegance. Its broad, fan-shaped foliage is carried on tall stems, making it a graceful ornamental for the home.

Put it in a bright spot, but out of direct sunlight. You'll find that this palm is adaptable to average home temperatures and is easy to please.

Repot in spring only when the palm becomes severely rootbound. Pots should be deep enough to give roots room to grow. Use a heavy pot -- although slow-growing, this palm will eventually get tall and become top-heavy.

Once the plant reaches the size you want, you can top-dress it instead by replacing the top couple inches of potting mix. Take care not to disturb any roots that may be near the surface.

Chinese Fan Palm Care

chinese fan palm, livistona chinensis

Origin: China, southern Japan and Taiwan

Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m) tall in a container

Light: Bright (indirect) light

Water: Water thoroughly then allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Water less in winter when growth has slowed. Use filtered or distilled water because tap water may contain fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals that can damage palms.

Humidity: Average room humidity

Temperature: 70-80°F/21-27°C days; 55-60°F/13-16°C nights

Soil: Mix 2 parts peat moss-based potting mix and 1 part sharp sand. Repot only when necessary, about every 3 years.

Fertilizer: Most indoor plants like a steady diet of liquid plant food, but not palms. Palms are slow-growing, especially indoors, and don't need much fertilizer. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer, such as Jobe's Indoor Palm Fertilizer food spikes once in spring and again in summer. It contains the micronutrients this palm needs to keep it lush and green.

Propagation: Sow seeds in spring, barely covering the seeds with soil. Keep them warm (75-80°F/24-27°C) and moist. Seeds can take 2 months to germinate, so be patient.

Green Thumb Tip

When watering, avoid getting the base of the palm wet to prevent rot.

Use a container with drainage holes, and fast-draining potting mix to prevent soggy soil.

Buying Tip

Chinese Palm looks similar to some other fan palms. Look for the botanical name Livistona chinensis to be sure you're getting this palm.

I don't sell palms directly from this site, but I highly recommend Real Palm Trees

They offer 3 sizes of this palm, plus a variety of other small palms that are suitable for growing indoors. You can expect top-quality palms and excellent service. Best of all, your satisfaction is guaranteed.