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 Bonsai Palm Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

One of the most beautiful and fun trees (plants) to grow for bonsai is the bonsai palm tree. These miniature trees have a tropical flair and are unique compared to what most people expect from a bonsai. For the most part, a bonsai palm tree is easy to grow, whether from a starter or from seeds. Generally, this plant requires moderate lighting, cooler temperatures, and gentle care. They seldom have problems with insects, use standard houseplant soil, and when watered and fertilized correctly, will live for years, a great bonsai to pass down within the family.

When it comes to growing a bonsai palm tree, you will have your choice of five primary types. First, there are Cane Palms, which are tall, reed-like stems that look a little bit like bamboo canes once they reach maturity. The Cane Palm would include species such as the Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, and Reed Palm, all beautiful choices for your bonsai palm tree. Another type is the Feather Palms. These are broken down by leaflets that are soft and droopy or stiff and erect. The species of Feather Palms to consider for your bonsai palm tree include the Parlor Palm or Neanthe Bella, which is the most popular of all indoor palms. However, the Kentia Palm, Coconut Palm, Canary Date Palm, Pygmy Date Palm, Sentry Palm, and Dwarf Coconut Palm are also great choices.

The third type of bonsai palm tree is Fan Palms that are separated into groups that radiate from a point at the base of the plant, which are divided, either partially or completely. The stalks are capable of growing to two feet or taller. This particular type of bonsai palm tree is not often seen as a houseplant but the dramatic leaves, which are quite large, are graceful and beautiful. Species of this palm tree includes the Chinese Fan Palm, European Fan Palm, Desert Fan Palm, Little Lady Palm, and Windmill Palm. Because this is a larger species of palm tree, they are not usually used for bonsai growing.

Next, there are the Sago Palms, which look exactly what you would think a palm tree should look like. The only species of this palm that you will find sold is the Cycas Revoluta, which is a slow-growing tree. In fact, this type of Sago Palm generally grows just one leaf a year. However, the leaves that do grow are dark, arching, and like a rosette. When full grown, this tree is two foot but does make a nice bonsai palm tree. Finally, you have the Fishtail Palms. The leaflets, which typically grow six inches long and four inches wide, look like fishtails.

If you want to enjoy growing your own bonsai palm tree, we recommend you consider the Caryota Mitis, which is a species of the Fishtail Palm. This tree has a thick trunk and branches that spread nicely. Best of all, this tree is easy to care for and grow. Another bonsai palm tree to consider is the Parlor Palm, specifically the Collinia Elegans and Neanthe Bella. The nice thing about these bonsai palm trees is that when provided adequate light, you will enjoy beautiful bunches of yellow fruit that grows near the base.
 

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