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Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

The lady palm has delicate, hand-like leaves with a texture like paper. Nice and tall, it will also send out suckers from the bottom that can be divided and repotted for more plants. Keep a close watch on the container, however. The expanding plant can burst right out of it. As a general rule of thumb, if you're wondering when to repot any houseplant, look at the roots. If you see roots crawling out the bottom of the pot, or if the plant is drying out more quickly than before, it's time to upgrade to a pot about two inches larger—and line the bottom with shards of broken clay pots to help the plant drain. Loosen the roots and add potting soil as needed. After repotting, give your plant a good soaking, as it has just gone through a trauma.
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