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Besides 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 require pruning.

Another 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.

Great survival instinct:
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.

Harsh conditions such as wind and even salt-laden breezes pose little problems for Wodyetia bifurcata.

Regular 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.

Foxtails 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.

The palm can also be grown indoors, preferably in good filtered light. Caution is needed not to over-water.

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