Traveller Palm, East-West palm, Traveller’s Tree
Traveller Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) with its exceptionally beautiful leaf display would make a great addition to a garden. It will turn any yard into a little slice of paradise.
The name “traveller palm” has been given 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 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’s palm is more closely related to the banana tree family than the palm tree one.
- Light Requirements: Traveller Palms thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate some shade, but they prefer a sunny location to grow their best.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Reduce watering in the winter months.
- Soil: Use well-draining soil with organic matter. A mix formulated for tropical plants or palms is suitable.
- Fertilizing: Feed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilizing.
- Pruning: Remove dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant looking tidy. Cut them at the base.