being a very attractive palm, the Foxtail is easy to grow. Because
it is a self-cleaning palm which sheds its own fronds, it does not
big advantage is that it rarely attracts pests and disease. It is
resistant to leathal yellowing. This makes it particularly suitable
for a wide variety of uses, either in private homes and gardens,
or in parklands and for enhancing the streetscape, or median strip.
It is also exceptionally hardy. Grown in full sun, it will reach,
in time, an average height of around six to seven metres. It will
grow in both sun and shade but it is best grown in an open, sunny
position, in deep, well-drained soil.
The Foxtail has a deep root system which allows it to withstand
great variance in rainfall and temperature. It can survive the dry
season of monsoonal areas, yet it can tolerate light frosts.
conditions such as wind and even salt-laden breezes pose little
problems for Wodyetia bifurcata.
deep waterings are beneficial during the summer and growing season
when the Foxtail is planted in the open ground. During cooler months
it needs only an occasional watering. When planted in pots and tubs,
the palms need simply to be kept moist.
respond well to slow-release fertiliser or to the application of
blood and bone or pelletted poultry manure. Fertiliser should be
applied in spring and midsummer. The palm can be planted out virtually
at any time in tropical climates. Sub-tropical planting should take
place during spring while temperate climate plantings are best during
summer, spring and autumn.
palm can also be grown indoors, preferably in good filtered light.
Caution is needed not to over-water.