What a gorgeous and majestic palm tree this is, the Jubaea will eventually grow quite large but it is very slow growing. The Jubaea has beautiful, dark green arching leaves and a lovely fat grey trunk and looks instantly architectural and tropical in any planting scheme. The Chilean Wine Palm produces a sticky sap which can be made into palm syrup or 'palm wine', but the whole tree is sacraficed in the process, so this has obviously had a devestating impact on the Jubaea population and it is now a protected species in it's native Chile.
The Jubaea chilensis grows well in either a container or pot and loves a sunny or partly shaded spot in a free draining soil. Its a tough palm that will tolerate temperatures as low as -12. If you require a little help on sourcing a suitable pot, we recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for beautiful terracotta pots and planters.
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Situation Open Close
This palm, like most silvery coloured plants, needs plenty of light to keep it looking good. A warm sheltered site is recommended.
Feeding Open Close
A liquid feed every 2 weeks during the summer growing season will benefit this plant.
Pruning Open Close
Remove any damaged or brown outer fronds, especially in the spring after the winter. Use a pruning saw to take them back to the base. The leaf stalks can be quite brittle so take care not to place the plant in a situation where it will get knocked about.
Soil Open Close
A rich, well drained soil is best.
Watering Open Close
Water well during the active growing season.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
None to note when grown outside, indoors can suffer with Red Spider Mite or Scale Insect.
Winter Care Open Close
More mature plants can withstand temperatures down to -10c. Smaller plants may need some winter protection, by moving under cover in a bright spot, of protecting the crown with a thick layer of fleece or hessian. Keep as dry as possible outdoors during winter.