The piccabean palm is said to have a "crown," which is the smooth green to purplish-brown portion of the trunk that starts 3 feet below the leaves (botanically referred to as a "crownshaft").. This solitary trunk palm grows to 60 feet tall in the wild but about half that size in cultivation, and displays arching feather leaves. The pinkish to purplish flowers are clustered on pendulous inflorescences which grow from the base of the crownshaft. The picabeen palm is slightly more cold hardy than its relative, A. alexandrae, and usually does not grow as tall. The leaves of the piccabeen palm tend to be more lax than the King Alexander, giving it a slightly less formal appearance.
In areas of high humidity, all Archontophoenix species tolerate full sun. However, they grow best and look best when planted in partial shade. Areas that are inland must plant this palm in either part day sun or morning light. Archontophoenix do poorly in desert areas (unless in shade) and cannot tolerate direct sun.
Archontophoenix palms appreciate rich soil with good drainage. Supplementing the soil with organic material such as mulch, fir or redwood shavings or leaf matter is essential. They are also "thirsty" palms and need adequate water, which may mean daily watering during seasonal dry weather. A slow-release fertilizer with an N/P/K ratio of 3:1:3 is recommended.
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