Footstool Palm-Identify, Grow,and Care Tips

I was given a small Footstool Palm as a gift. I never heard of the plant before and have no idea how to care for it. Please help!

Hi Tom,

Footstool Palm-Livistona rotundifolia is also sometimes referred to as a Table Palm or a Fan Palm. I really like the large, shiny, fan shaped leaves but be careful of the thorns on the stems.

Footstool Palms like bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. in a warm room but no direct sun. Keep the soil barely moist at all times. Allow about the top inch of the soil to dry out before you water. They do require high humidity to prevent leaf tips from turning brown. You can cut off the brown leaf tips with a wet scissors. Fertilize with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength during the late spring, summer, and early fall.