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Rhapis Palms are
one of the more exotic and beautiful plants that we place indoors.  They
need good light, and a lot of water and nutrients to thrive.  They are
one of more expensive plants to place, in part because they take so long
to grow.  A 5 foot tall Rhapis palm takes about 5 years to grow.



Below is the growth cycle of the Rhapis Palm  
The
production of Rhapis begins with seeds that once germinated are grown for the first
year under partial shade:













The plants are then brought outside to develop further:













After
a year of being outside in full sun, the plants are transplanted into
2 gallon grow pots and brought back into the greenhouse to finish under
partial shade:













Once the plants
reach a certain height and density, they are sold as a 2 gallon Rhapis
or potted into a 5 gallon grow pot to grow on further: 



 





Again,
once the plants reach a certain height and density, they are sold as 5
gallon Rhapis or potted up to 7 gallon and grown on. This process of growing on
continues from 7gal to 10gal to 15gal to 20gal. Eventually, you arrive a
beauties like these:





 



Rhapis are fairly slow growing plants. The
rule of thumb is that Rhapis grow about 1 ft per year, which I why they
are one of the more expensive plants in the industry. However, their
flexibility and longevity make them worth the wait.

Are you interested in Rhapis Palms or other commercial grade live indoor plants for your workspace?  Everything Grows has a wide range of colors and sizes available. Contact us
today for a complimentary site visit and design consultation and let us come up with an
interior landscape for your workspace.