On Dec 24, 2012, sbutler323 from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:
Easy to fall in love with this palm, great specimen plant. Have one sitting by itself in a grassy area, the clustering habit allows it to be unsupported by additional landscaping nor groundcover...grass grows up to leaf drop off and no weeds grow near. Have taking two root growth cuttings and successfully potted...have not planted either but will update once they're established in the ground. Tons of seeds, hopefully not sterile.
On Jan 17, 2011, ritaknits from Big Pine Key, FL wrote:
We bought a fixer-upper here a year ago. The yard has lots of mature fishtail palms as well as coconut palms, hibiscus, mahogany trees, bougainvilla, and plumeria. I love the berries hanging on the fishtails. The palms are very healthy; we have to keep pruning them to keep them from hanging over the pool.
The Key deer love the fishtail palm fronds; they keep them from growing through the fence! I've never had any reaction to handling the fronds; the berries are just now maturing and I now know not to touch them!
I have this plant in Duluth, GA as a houseplant. It's been in my house for six years now. I usually don't have much luck with palms as houseplants but this is one that is easy to grow. Mine is about 8 feet tall now and very green and healthy. I'm just worried that it will continue to grow and not fit in my husband's office anymore. If it does, I will transfer it to my master bathroom which has a cathedral ceiling. I love that I can have a tropical look even in Georgia. I think this palm thrives on neglect because it requires minimal care and still grows beautifully. Mine is growing next to a window which faces south.
On Jan 9, 2010, birdstalker from Hobe Sound, FL wrote:
Unlike many palms, the fishtail definitely prefers shade or semi-shade. Our landscape architect designed ours to be planted in full sun by our pool. One year later, it is not nearly as full and dark green as it was at the nursery. It has turned pale, with brown tips.
I'm not sure what kind of fertilizer our landscaper is using, but I suspect it also may be in need of the special nutrients another member suggested below. Although, our foxtails are looking yellow, too.
On the upside... It is a large, gorgeous tropical that does an excellent job of adding privacy around our hot tub. Other than the berries that drop, it is basically maintenance free.
On the downside: Raccoons seem to love eating the "toxic" berries and then depositing them back in our pool. :(
On Sep 14, 2008, FLplantjunkie from Titusville, FL wrote:
I planted one in my yard about 3 years ago. I am moving and renting my place...am interested in taking my palm with me. I have read that it may get stressed, flower and die...in which case I'd rather leave it. Any suggestions? I have 5 clusters and it approx. 12-15 ft tall.
On Apr 8, 2007, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Dispite the negatve remarks, this is a beautiful and fast growing Palm in South FL. Hurricane Charley took most of the clump down to the ground, but now it's back with an incredible recovery. Requires no special attention at all.
On Jan 27, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
This has been a great indoor plant for me. Growing in a large pot and sitting by a west facing window. I water every 2 weeks or so and that seems to be enough. I find it very low maint. I've had this plant for about 1.5 years.
On Jul 9, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a relatively commonly sold palm in the southern US, but it is not really one of the more ornamental of the Caryotas. It is one of the few suckering species, which helps to prolong its life- being monocarpic most Caryotas only live 10-30 years, but this one will keep suckering as other stems flower and die. This species is one of the less hardy ones, and doesn't look good in marginal climates. South Florida and Hawaii are about the only climates in the US this palm looks good in... though it does passably indoors. Not too many growers of this species in California would describe it as a nice looking tree.
Like all Caryotas, the seeds are very irritating (oxylates) and it is recommended to not touch the fruits with bare hands.
Note that the majority of clustering Caryotas sold in nurseries (usually as indoor plants) in the US are NOT this species, but are clumps of a solitary species (most likely C urens or maxima)...
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Encino, California Huntington Beach, California Indian Wells, California Mission Canyon, California Rancho Cucamonga, California San Luis Obispo, California Santa Barbara, California Bayport, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida (2 reports) Boca Raton, Florida Bradenton, Florida Broadview-pompano Park, Florida Campbell, Florida Haverhill, Florida Hobe Sound, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Miami, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida (2 reports) Port Saint Lucie, Florida Spring Hill, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Honomu, Hawaii Bay City, Texas High Island, Texas Lasana, Texas Richmond, Texas