It has been given the name "traveller palm" because the sheaths of the stems hold rainwater, which supposedly could be used as an emergency drinking supply for needy travellers.
These plants grow to be enormous, with huge leaves sprouting from a long stems in a flat, fan-shaped pattern like a peacock s tail.
They are actually members of the bird-of-paradise plant family.
The traveller palm is more closely related to the banana tree family than the palm tree one.
Anywhere you plant, keep in mind the growth direction of the crown of foliage as this becomes a very large and wide-spreading plant, place it no closer than 8 to 10 feet from the house.
When using against a fence or short wall, come out about 4 feet or more. If planting a row of them, space 6 to 8 feet or more apart.
This plant will work in a container only while it s very young.
It likes full sun but can also grow in light shade.
Moist, well drained soil.
Can tolerate cold temperature down to 20 F.
Fertilize 3 times a year in spring summer and autumn using a quality all-purpose or palm fertilizer.
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