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Caryota Mitis

Latin name

Caryota mitis


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Common name

Fish Tail Palm


Native to Southeast Asia

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Caryota mitis, commonly known as the fishtail palm, is a captivating tropical plant originating from Southeast Asia. Its lush foliage, with leaves resembling the graceful tail of a fish, adds a touch of exotic beauty to any setting.

This palm stands out for its unique growth habit. Unlike most palms that grow a single trunk, the fishtail palm forms multiple slender stems, creating a clustered appearance that enhances its visual appeal.

Gardeners appreciate the fishtail palm for its easy care requirements. It thrives in warm, humid conditions and prefers well-draining soil. While it can tolerate some shade, it flourishes best in bright, indirect light.

With proper attention, the fishtail palm can reach moderate heights, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Regular watering, occasional fertilization, and protection from strong winds are essential for its optimal growth and health.

Overall, the fishtail palm is prized for its exotic charm and architectural elegance. Whether gracing a tropical garden or adorning a living room, it brings a sense of tranquility and natural beauty to any environment.

Caring for your plant



The Caryota mitis prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its fronds. Provide filtered light or place it near an east or north-facing window for ample bright, indirect light throughout the day. Insufficient light will lead to stunted growth and a lackluster appearance.


Water the Caryota mitis when the top inch or two of soil is dry, allowing the soil to almost dry out between waterings during the growing season. Reduce watering slightly in winter. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely or allowing the plant to sit in soggy conditions, as both extremes can harm the plant.


Pruning is minimal for the Caryota mitis. Simply remove any dead, damaged, or discolored fronds by cutting them off at the base. Avoid pruning healthy fronds, as this can disrupt the plant’s growth and appearance. Occasional cleaning of the plant by gently wiping the fronds with a damp cloth can help remove dust buildup and keep it looking its best.


Feed the Caryota mitis with a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring to fall). Avoid fertilizing in winter when growth is minimal. An occasional dose of fertilizer will provide the necessary nutrients to support healthy frond development and overall vigor.

Pest & Diseases

Spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects are the main pests to watch out for on the Caryota mitis. Fungal diseases like leaf spot and root rot can also occur, especially if the plant is overwatered or in overly humid conditions. Regular inspection and prompt treatment with an appropriate insecticide or fungicide is recommended to prevent infestations or diseases from taking hold.

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