A little bit about the Bangalow palm

A tough, fast-growing native palm with a dense crown of deep green, feathery fronds and a thin, smooth grey trunk.

 

Botanical name: Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Height: 9 – 25 metres Width: 4.5 metres

Ideal position: Likes part shade and can tolerate light frost. 

Suitable spots: Shallow roots make the Bangalow palm safe to plant near pools and structures. It also makes a good container plant when young.

Flowers: Enjoy pendulous bunches of lilac flowers and fruit from summer to autumn.

 

Caring tips

PREPARE

Start by digging through Flower Power’s Supersoil Composted Cow Manure. The key to establishing a lush, happy palm (especially in autumn and winter) is to keep its roots warm with layers of mulch and manure. Palms love organic matter, so for best results, mulch with enriched cow manure, tea tree mulch or Organic Active 8 Soil Improver and Planting Mix.

FEED

Fertilise fortnightly from spring to autumn with Nitrosol Liquid Blood and Bone. As your palm gets bigger, give it organic, slow-release fertiliser like Dinofert Concentrated Organic Fertiliser Pellets.

PRUNE

This nifty palm sheds its dead leaves, so no need to prune.

WATER

The Bangalow palm likes to be kept moist, especially while it’s getting established. But once established, keep it dry in winter and moist in summer.

PROTECT

The Bangalow palm can suffer from plant scale. To combat this, spray with PestOil or eco-oil, but keep in mind, scale is a sign that your palm is nutritionally deficient, so make sure to also feed and mulch your palm. Palm dart is a butterfly that likes to munch on palm trees. You can keep it away using a caterpillar spray, such as Success ULTRA.