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Palm trees make you want to go on vacation and remind you of sun, sand and sea. In contrast to many other palm trees, the Chinese hemp palm is undemanding and easy to care for. It is even sometimes planted outdoors in this country. Does that mean she's hardy?

The Chinese hemp palm can cope with temperatures as low as -18°C

Your minimum temperature: - 18 °C

Due to its homeland, the Chinese hemp palm tolerates a minimum temperature of -18 °C. It can therefore easily be overwintered outside in this country without being provided with protection. Even as a container plant, it can remain on the balcony or terrace, for example.

Wet is more dangerous than frost

The Chinese hemp palm reacts less sensitively to frost than to winter wetness. Above all, their root area and their heart of the palm are sensitive to moisture. Therefore, ensure good drainage in the substrate.

It is better to protect the leaves to avoid damage

If the temperature drops below -10 °C, the leaves of this plant should be protected. Otherwise there is a risk of leaf damage or even the leaf fans falling off. Place the Chinese hemp palm in a sheltered location! It is also advisable to tie the leaves together at the top.

Overwinter indoors: Recommended in rough locations

If you live in particularly rough locations, you should put your Chinese hemp palm inside in winter. Indoor overwintering is also appropriate in the first 3 years of this plant's life. However, the palm tree should not come into the heated living room…

Cool rooms between 5 and 10 °C are suitable. For hibernation, the rooms should be bright. The following applies: the cooler, the less light is required.

If Chinese hemp palms are overwintered indoors, there is an increased risk of infestation by spider mites, mealybugs and scale insects. Therefore, make sure that the soil never dries out and spray the fronds if necessary.

Wintertime care

During the winter period, note the following:

  • Winter time is rest time (growth is slowed down)
  • water sparingly
  • do not fertilize
  • like to repot after the winter
  • cover with bark mulch or compost if severe frost is imminent
  • Wrap potted plants with bubble wrap in severe frost


The number one cause of death is wetness. Therefore, protect your Chinese hemp palm from winter wetness, if possible place it in a sheltered place and pour away excess water in the saucer!

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