It has a single, clean, white, waxy trunk ringed by the scars from the fallen fronds. The crown-shaft is covered in dense reddish-brown velvet like or fur-like fuzzy material tomentum, hence the name Teddy Bear Palm. The trunk has a lot of similarities with bamboo.
This is one of the more elegant and colorful Dypsis, and is now widespread in cultivation. With it's large stature and fuzzy bright red crownshaft, it stands out in any setting. In the past Dypsis lastelliana, the "Redneck Palm, " was often confused with Dypsis lepthocheilos, the "Teddy Bear Palm." This confusion was engrained and still persists somewhat today.
Scientific name Dypsis leptocheilos or Neodypsis lastelliana, is a very elegant palm known for its unique trunk with a distinctive reddish-colored fuzzy crown-shaft.
|Plant Height||18 inch (46 cm)|
|Plant Spread||7 inch (18 cm)|
|Common Name||Dypsis lastelliana,Neodypsis lastelliana,Teddy Bear Palm|
|Maximum Reachable Height||20-30 feet|
|Bloom Time||Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to grow.|
Grow teddy bear palm in full sun to light shade in moist, well-drained, non-alkaline soil. A sandy, humus-rich loam works well. It is most spectacular when grown in groups of three or five at staggered heights.
|Sunlight||Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun|
|Watering||Keep the soil moist|
|Soil||Soil with pH 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)|
|Temperature||It is cold hardy and can tolerate cold down upto 25 F and even withstand light frost for a short period of time when mature enough.|
|Fertilizer||To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.|