Garden Tips

Planting fan palm - this is how it thrives

Fan palms actually come from the Mediterranean. But they also thrive with us. Provided you plant the fan palm correctly.

Fan palms like it warm The fan palm has expressive ribbed leaves that feel at home in both rooms and the garden. Even if the fan palm originally comes from the Mediterranean region, it still feels very comfortable in Northern Europe. But only if you plant the Washingtonia robusta, Washingtonia filifera and Trachycarpus fortunei properly. After all, there are some things to consider.

Buy fan palm or pull from seeds?

The fan palm is suitable both as a container plant and as a garden plant. You can even grow a fan palm from seeds. If you want to try this out, you should plant the seeds in early autumn or late summer. Of course, it is easier if you buy a ready-made fan palm directly. So you don't have to wait patiently for a beautiful plant to grow.

The right location for the fan palm

Originally from the warm regions of the Mediterranean, the fan palm prefers bright and sunny locations. Sunlight is crucial for the formation of new palm fronds, but heat also heats growth. The fan palm feels really comfortable at temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. If it can develop freely and the root ball is not limited by a planter, it will reach a height of up to five meters. As a container plant, growth slows down, making it less impressive.

The earth for the fan palm

In order to offer the plant the best conditions, you should use a loose soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7. Well-ventilated soils offer the roots the best opportunity to spread and absorb enough water even in the event of a short period of drought. In principle, it also makes sense if you plant a drainage layer on the bottom of the tub when planting in a flower tub. To do this, add a little gravel to the planter and place the tub in a planter. The gravel then wicks excess moisture away from the roots and prevents them from rotting.

If you want to pull the fan palm out of seeds, a moist soil is very important during germination. The following soil components are useful when growing fan palms:

  • Peat compost mixture
  • lava granules
  • sand
  • gravel

Mix a little sand, gravel and lava granules into the mixture of peat and compost to create a loose soil. Then keep the floor permanently moist. However, make sure that there is no waterlogging.


You cannot make too many mistakes with the fan palm if you observe the following points: