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solid green rhapis
From the standard Rhapis excelsa to the very rare Japanese cultivars Taiheiden and Towaden, Rhapis excelsa green varieties make perfect house plants. Or why not start a specialist collection. With subtle differences of leaf shape and form one can't help to be intrigued by their diversity.

standard Rhapis excelsa - single cane £12.00
2 - 3 canes two litre pot £25.00
3 - 4 canes three litre as picture below £30.00

Kannonchiku - (Rhapis excelsa named culitvars)
There are about fifty different solid green cultivars. The leaves can be large or small, thin or thick, shiny or matte, so one can never tire of them .There are usually variegated derivatives from the green varieties

In stock at the moment are : - Rhapis excelsa cultivars:- Shippoden, Daikokuden, Tenzan, Mangetsu, Aikokuden, Gyokuhou, Fukuju, Tokai, Koban, Kannonchikuao. inquire for prices

Ho-ou (Rhapis laosensis), inquire for prices
Shurochiku (Rhapis Humilis) inquire for prices
Rhapis subtilis - Young plants - out of stock
Rhapis multifida seedlings 1 year available - £6.50

Seeds and seedlings
Variegated Rhapis are normally propagated by separating the clumps.New varieties can come from an extremely rare mutant sucker or a seedling sport. When a variety produces seed and then that seedling produces a distinctly different variety, the seedling is left until it produces new suckers. The new suckers are then compared to the parent. If the characteristics are the same as the parent but different from the grandparent then the multiplication and naming process begins. At least ten canes must be produced for ranking ! So sometimes this can be a long and drawn out exercise, as some varieties take so long to produce suckers !

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standard Rhapis excelsa Shurochikuao (Rhapis Humilis) Rhapis sublitis
standard Rhapis excelsa - fairly common type of Rhapis, of Chinese origin. Makes a very good house plant , especially for rooms with low light. Can be tried out doors in the UK but leaves can be spoilt in the winter. Shade is required in the summer as the leaves can easily be scorched by too much sun. Easily grown from seed . Grows to a multicane clump 3 to 4 metres tall.
Shurochikuao (Rhapis Humilis) The picture shows a juvenile example An elegant palm with pointed leaves that hang downward. Can be grown as a house plant or tried out side when large enough. It is said to be more adaptable to cold than other Rhapis. Slow to start with, and produces less new shoots than Kannonchiku. Grows to a multicane clump up to 6 metres tall. Variegated cultivars available. Rhapis subtilis - Thin pointed leaves, only growing to 2.5 metres tall. Easily grown from seed and makes a good house plant. Difficult to separate the clump as canes are very close together.
Rhapis Multifida Rhapis excelsa 'Heiwaden' Rhapis excelsa 'Koban'
Rhapis Multifida - Very finely split, pointed fan shaped leaves. Very elegant attractive palm , ideal for a shady conservatory. Easily grown from seed . Grows to a clump 2 metres tall.

Rhapis excelsa 'Heiwaden' - Peace Hall - Registered in 1953.
Very big round beautiful leaves , the queen of all green Kannonchiku!The leaf is thin, drooping inwards, smooth and shiny.Variegated cultivars derived from Heiwaden include Heiwadennoshima 1997 and Heiwadenshiroshima 1998
Rhapis excelsa 'Koban' - Gold Coin - Registered in 1939.One of the most popular of the all green Kannonchiku.Very pleasing short, rounded, droopy leaves which are thick and grow into a very compact clump. Variegated sport's derived from Koban include Kobannishiki 1965 and Kobannoshima 1988. The later being the second highest ranked palm on the Kansokai list.
Rhapis excelsa 'Fukuju' Rhapis excelsa 'Taiheiden' Rhapis excelsa 'Tenzan'
Rhapis excelsa 'Fukuju' - Lucky Felicitations - Registered in 1932.
Medium sized leaves, which droop down from the tip.
Variegated cultivars derived from Fukuju include Kotobuki, Hakuju, and Choju.
Rhapis excelsa 'Taiheiden' - The Tranquil Palm - Registered in 1948
Known as the king of the all green Kannonchiku .The leaves are very large, wide and.thick as are the leaf stalks and trunk. Magnificent! Very ornamental but slow growing.Variegated cultivars derived from Taiheiden include Tahei 1992, Taiheinishiki 1994 and Taiheinoshima 1999.
Rhapis excelsa 'Tenzan' - Heavenly Mountain - Registered in 1946
Of Taiwanese origin Tenzan is very popular. Very large, wide droopy leaves. Highly ornamental and fast growing. Variegated cultivars derived from Tenzan include Tenzannoshima 1964 , Tenzanshiroshima 1967
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