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Q.How much light per day does the mexican fan palm require?

Zone 6 | Palmfan1 added on August 29, 2015 | Answered

I live in a basement (do to housing complications), and I would like to keep my potted Washingtonia Robusta alive and well. Its about 1-2 feet tall. Down in the basement there is 1 window that is at ground level. It lets in light from outside. It’s a south facing window, although my neighbor’s house and surrounding objects probably block the sun from hitting the window. It seems to let in a decent amount of light though. I’m concerned that there may not be enough light for it.

How much light does a Washingtonia Robusta require in a day? Can it survive on partial sun/shade? Will I require a growing light? If so, how many hours a day should I provide light? Heat is not an issue down there because the furnace is down there. It actually stays almost too hot for my tastes (but probably not the Washy).

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Answered on August 31, 2015

Your palm will need at least 4 hours of good direct sunlight.
You can use a grow light and I would use the grow light for at least 6 hours a day. You may need to adjust this if the plant show signs of stress.
Here is a link with good growing information.


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