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Is this Rhapis excelsa (lady palm)?

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miamicuse

Was at a local nursery in South Florida and saw this palm being planted in the ground.  Looks like Rhapis excelsa but with variegated leaves.

They do not have any in pots for sale, and the guys there think it is a "lady palm that has been acclimated to full sun".  Yet it was planted in part shade.

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Jimbean

That's what that is.  There's one clump down the street from me that gets a lot of sun, so I think they do have at least some sun tolerance.

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96720

They have an amazing amount of sun tolerance there are some in Phoenix that get afternoon sun and look pretty good 

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Merlyn

Variegated Rhapis Excelsa is a really neat palm.  In Japan apparently they are highly cultivated.  I have one small one in the ground here, though I don't know if it's one of the "named" varieties. 

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D. Morrowii

Saw some a couple of weeks ago at a store near me. Also in ground and none fore sale. Would like to get a couple someday. So does the variegated type adapt to full sun more better?

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Lou-StAugFL

Just found two rhapis excelsa palm runners about 1 1/2 to 2 feet away from the main row.  I can't believe I didn't notice it before.  They are both about 2 feet tall.  Are they easy to divide? I'd like to put some at my rental house.  I figured I'd wait till spring, but wondering if others have had success dividing runners away from the main plant. Thanks!

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Merlyn
2 minutes ago, Lou-StAugFL said:

Just found two rhapis excelsa palm runners about 1 1/2 to 2 feet away from the main row.  I can't believe I didn't notice it before.  They are both about 2 feet tall.  Are they easy to divide? I'd like to put some at my rental house.  I figured I'd wait till spring, but wondering if others have had success dividing runners away from the main plant. Thanks!

I have read that they are surprisingly difficult to divide.  My neighbors had a big area (about 8' x 25') full of them, and they hacked off all the trunks one evening.  I stopped by and salvaged a bunch of the "root stock" from them, and got about 50% of them to successfully root.  So it seems they may be sensitive to root disturbance, but if you get a big chunk of rhizome and fine roots all at once, it should work!

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miamicuse

I did a bit of a readup on these variegated Rhapis excelsa and I had no idea many of them were cultivated in Japan and many of them have Japanese names like Rhapis excelsa Zuikonishiki.

Not sure if these can take more sun then the "regular" Rhapis excelsa.  Would love to get a some of these variegated palms to enjoy.

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