ABOUT THIS PALM
Golden Butterfly Palm – Multi Plant Pot, Areca Dypsis Lutescens Golden Butterfly Palm Endemic to sandy riverbanks and clearings in the wet forests of eastern Madagascar this clustering palm finds itself on the brink in its homeland. Here in the states Lutescens makes an undeniably fantastic container palm for any porch or patio. For the tropical gardener there is no more handsome screen than mature clumps its wall of leaves from top to bottom creates a world unto itself. These are very healthy trees with well established root systems.
The growth rate of Golden Butterfly will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Lower fronds are trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
Golden Butterfly are very easy to grow trees that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized palm can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Golden Butterfly trees should be brought indoors or protected with mulch during the winter months.
When you receive your new palm, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new palm.
Palms grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Golden Butterfly Palms enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky or dry, sandy soils.
To help establish your new Golden Butterfly Palm, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the tree.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This Palm requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Golden Butterfly plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted palm will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before the first frost.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these palms are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this palm to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Golden Butterfly Palms for sale will vary in size. In the spring, palms are often smaller than palms shipped in the fall. Palms designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Palms growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Golden Butterfly Palms are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″ if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new palms’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your palm is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Golden Butterfly online now while they are in stock.