David_Sweden Posted June 22, 2017 Report Share Posted June 22, 2017 My main question would be: For palms that normally live in swamps (of which I have Licuala Ramsayi, Licuala Peltata var Sumawongii and a Lipstick Palm), I would assume they are impossible to overwater and can stand permanently with the whole root soaked in water and liking it, and don't care about the aeration of soil, so that e g clay or densely packed peat would work great, since they (at least the Licualas) have aerial roots, which I assume supply the root system with oxygen properly even if the whole soil is under water? However I found two ten year old threads here and here with clear indications the do NOT like being permanently soaked in water, and even are rather particular about soil mix and its aeration. How can that be true, if they naturally live in swamps, mangroves and river banks? I'm not sure I even have a problem with my Ramsayi yet, but it has been growing very well and been very healthy for over 3 years in my apartment. I always aimed at watering it when it was still "slightly wet" or "very moist" i e earlier than with most plants. 7 months ago, when it was down to requiring watering every 3 days, I potted it up, and then it remained moist enough for much more than 3 days. 2 months later it was again down to requiring watering every 3 days. Then I decided to put a bowl under it and after watering and emptying the bowl, fill it with 2cm water. This kind of treatment I've read is good for other palms that live in swamps like the Lipstick. Another reason for the bowl was that one day the soil had gotten a bit drier than I would normally allow; the following week I saw several areas (mainly tips) on newer leaves turn pale then brown, often those leaves that had seen most light, clearly related to dryness, and thought I'd avoid this ever happening again by using the bowl. I'm not finished evaluating this yet but have some worries due to pale areas on newest leaf and it not gaining height much the last months. But reading the 2 mentioned threads it sounds like Ramsayi does not like swamp-like conditions in a bowl?! Meanwhile my Peltata and Lipstick in the same soil mix but much more crowded pots are doing great. In fact time to repot them. They both filled their pots quickly with roots but Ramsayi never did in its new pot, it is still quite loose and easy to penetrate. So I'm asking to avoid problems with the other 2 palms after imminent repotting, and to make sure Ramsayi is on the right track. And to understand why on earth a swamp palm wouldn't even love to live in my bathtub, or does it? 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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