The genus Trachycarpus was first introduced to the West over 150 years ago by the plant hunter and explorer Robert Fortune.
A high-altitude form of the popular Windamere palm from a recently discovered, new wild population in Sikkim in north-eastern India. The common name derives from the Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling where the first two specimens to be identified as a new species were discovered in 1992.
This recently-found and now officially described palm is surely one of the most exciting new discoveries for temperate area palm enthusiasts. It has large, robust, nearly circular, fan-shaped leaves like a Livistona. It sheds them naturally, leaving a smooth, slender trunk. It grows fast and easily and withstands snow and heavy frosts, coming, as it does, from high altitudes up to 2400m (8000ft), but it is equally suitable for sub-tropical climates. It certainly is a most talked-about palm.
The humble Trachy's hardiness against cold is legendary as is its easy-going nature, tolerant of both sun and shade. It is a must-have plant for the temperate exotic gardener. Spectacular fan-shaped leaves add a lush sub-tropical feel to the garden. Associates well with everything from ferns to cacti. No garden should be without one.
These plants, growing in a peat free compost mix, are now past the seed leaf stage and are now producing their 'true' palm leaves. We are attempting to grow our plants with the minimum use of nasty chemicals and have elected to use natural predators instead. As such you may occasionally find the odd beastie on our plants but none are life threatening. We hope you concur with our stance as do our resident frogs, toads and vicious predatory aphid-eating wasps. Death to the aphid! (via naturally violent means of course).
A robust plant in a 1 litre pot.
Shelter from strong winds.