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Plant Care Guide >> Trees >> Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveller's Palm)
Traveler's palm as is popularly called is not a palm but a close relative of the banana plant. It is considered to be one of nature's most spectacular trees and is a supreme accent plant.
 
Common name:

Traveler's palm

Botanical Name:

Ravenala madagascariensis

Family:

Strelitziaceae

Foliage:

The leaves are arranged in a fan-shaped manner. They resemble that of a banana and range up to 10 feet long and from 12 to 20 inches in width.

Flowers:

A mature traveler's palm may bloom year round and produce brown fruits that contain light blue seeds. The small white flowers are held in bracts.

Light:

The plant does best in full sun, but it can be grown in a semi shaded location as well.

Soil:

Traveler's palm likes sandy and clayey soils with good drainage, and thrives in rich, moist and loamy soils.

Humidity:

The plant requires moderate humidity.

Watering:

Water the plant moderately.

Pest and Problems:

It is considered very disease and pest resistant.

Growth habit:

The green palm like trunk grows up to 1 ft in diameter and displays distinctive trunk leaf scar rings. It grows up, to 40' tall.

Fertilizing:

The plant is a heavy feeder and responds well to fertilizing. A slow release fertilizer (e.g., an 18-18-18) may be used during the summer growing season.

Pruning:

Pruning is necessary to develop a strong structure.

Propagation:

It can be grown from seeds of division of the clumps.

Special Care:

No special care is require for the plant.

Landscaping Use:

It is considered as one of the most spectacular accent plant.

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