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Hi. I germinated Phoenix seeds around 3 years ago, and I have one quite big palm tree from them. But I started to worried, cause last time it doesn't grow at all and even if so, the leaves don't look like typical Phoenix leaves. I mean, they are not so sticky, not so many of them. There are big spaces between the "fingers" of the palm tree. So may question is, is everything OK with my palm tree or maybe this is some different kind of Phoenix? 





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It's a Phoenix.

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39 minutes ago, hbernstein said:

It's a Phoenix.

Ok but should it look like that? 

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I have grown quite a number of CIDP but have never repotted to anything larger than a 5 gallon pot all remaining outside.  I have never brought these indoors, but I have brought a number of Butia Odorata's indoors.  After approx. 5 years,  my indoor Butia's "STRETCH" for the light source coming in from a window or upstairs for the skylight in the ceiling more than twice in height compared to the same seed batch left outside in full sun.  I would suggest the same growth characteristics for the indoor CIDP, spending what energy it has in the fronds reaching for what light it can reach for and NOT generating more fronds.  The following photos are from the same seed batch, originally germinated in early 2011, first photo is early 2014 and the second photo is 2 1/2 years later in 2016.  I am only trying to show you what I have to address this post and answer your question.  Scott




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Long term, I would say they are not good indoor plants, way too prickly and potentially dangerous indoors. I agree with the above poster who says that it is reaching for more light.  These are mine from seed in the pic below. They spend mid December-early March in the garage, then get full, unobstructed, southern exposure, all day.



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