Traveler’s Palm

(22 customer reviews)
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3-in-1 Moisture Meter

Take the guesswork out of watering and light. Quickly and easily determine your plants water and light levels, along with pH value.

  • No batteries required
  • Easy to read moisture, light, and pH levels with large dial.
  • Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Plants.
  • How to Use: Simply insert moisture meter 3-4 inches into the soil, toggle switch to test moisture, light, or pH level you would like to measure.
  • Designed only for testing soil. Please be sure to not touch stone or hard rock soil.
  • ***Please note that pH test value cannot be applied to any other liquid than water.

Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Ravenala madagascariensis

Common Names: Travelers Tree, Travelers Palm

Overview: The Ravenala Madagascariensis or Travelers Palm is not a palm at all, but part of a flowering plant family native to Madagascar. The Travelers Palm grows to be enormous, truly a centerpiece for your landscaping with its huge leaves sprouting from long stems in a glorious fan-shaped pattern.

These storied trees have tales folks love to share about them. Here’s a true one: a parched traveler can poke a hole almost anywhere on this “palm” and find clean drinking water. And here’s a false one:  the plant’s leaves will always grow in an east-west direction, so a lost traveler can find their way.

Best in full sun areas with a moderate amount of water, these trees grow tall – quickly! However, once a trunk begins to develop, the growth rate slows to a more moderate pace.



Travelers tree is one of the unique plants out there. Not only does it have a unique shape, but the colors are also out of the ordinary. This plant is also known as Travelers Palm, but it is not a true palm. It is a member of the Strelitziaceae family, which includes Banana Trees and the Bird of Paradise. The plant’s name comes from its history, where travelers used it to gather water. They would collect rainwater from the bracts and the leaf bases.

The Travelers Palm is a tropical plant, native to the rainforests of Madagascar.

Caring for your Travelers Palm

The Travelers Tree is best suited for warmer climates as it is a tropical plant, and if you want to ensure that it grows to its full potential, you must take good care of it. This plant is typically tall and can grow up to 30-50 feet. This care guide will help you learn all the best ways to take care of it.


The Ravenala Madagascariensis is a large tree, and it loves enjoying the bright and direct sunlight. You can keep it in the sunroom, or you can keep it in front of a south-facing window. It is important to give the plant maximum light, or it will have stunted growth.


When selecting the soil for your plant, you must ensure that it is rich and loamy. The acidity levels should be mild to give optimal conditions for your plant. Moreover, well-draining soil may not be the best option. Instead, you should go for soil that retains water but does not get clogged up. A standard potting mix will do wonders for your plant. You can also include things such as compost, which will help increase drainage.


As the Travelers Palm is from the rainforest, it enjoys being moist most of the time. This is why you should keep watering it regularly, so it does not have to tolerate dry soil. During each watering cycle, you need to ensure that the top two inches of the soil are dry so you do not overwater them.


The Travelers Palm enjoys fertilizers that are high in Nitrogen. It is a good idea to fertilize your plant once every season, except in winter. The best fertilizers include slow-release and liquid feeds that may be organic or synthetic. Avoid adding too much fertilizer, as that can damage plants.

Common Issues

The leaves of the plant are frail, making them more susceptible to damage. When taking care of plants, you must ensure that you cater to all the common issues you might face. Try to shield the plant from high winds, as that can harm the leaves. Let’s learn more about the pests and diseases you must be careful of when keeping a traveler’s palm.  


On the whole, the Travelers Tree is pest resistant, and there are no such pest issues that can cause significant damage to the plant. But it is still susceptible to all the pests that can harm indoor plants. To prevent that from happening, you can add pesticides. 


Some of the diseases include the leaves of the plant turning yellow. This usually happens due to a lack of nutrients, or if you end up over-watering the plant. Moreover, it is also possible for the leaves to turn brown. Brown leaves are a sign of over-fertilization and if the soil does not have good drainage. 

Other than these problems, there are not many diseases that can affect the Travelers Tree. It is considered to be disease resistant.


There is no evident need to prune the Travelers Palm, but if you want to remove the root suckers from the base of the tree, you can prune it. Moreover, if you want to boost branching, you can cut off the tip of the stem, and the branch will break into two on its own.


The best way to propagate the Travelers Palm is to propagate it using division. All you need to do is simply separate the rooted suckers. You can tug at them gently, and then replant them however you want. If the roots are tangled, you will have to gently untangle them and plant the Travelers Tree in well-aerated soil to ensure it is moist.


You should only repot the plant if you see that the roots are poking through the drainage holes. Usually, you will need to repot your plants once every year. When you repot the plant, you must choose a few inches bigger pot than the previous one. 

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Mature Height

30 ft – 50 ft


12 ft – 15 ft

22 reviews for Traveler’s Palm

  1. Kamellia Saroop (verified owner)

    My first order from Plant Vine. Came healthy, loved the email updates. Excited to order again!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I think this maybe my 9th purchase and all my plants have come healthy and continue to thrive! Love Plantvine and love to tell people to purchase exotic plants or trees from them! Will continue to buy from them!

  3. Martha Andes (verified owner)

    Arrived in perfect condition

  4. Bill (verified owner)

    Growing great no issues

  5. Jennifer R. (verified owner)

    The leaves were a little damaged during shipping but the plant overall looks great and was packaged well. So happy!

  6. Gabriel B. (verified owner)

    I received two beautiful travelers palms that I was unable to locate anywhere else. Very happy with my purchase. Thank you so much.

  7. Mary Peloquin (verified owner)

    Both travelers palms arrived in great shape. We followed your instructions of giving them week before planting. They seem to be doing very well. I plan on using you in the future! Thank you!

  8. Tomas (verified owner)

    Well Packaged! Amazed at the details and how healthy the plant arrived. My fourth time purchasing and will continue too.

  9. gary striker (verified owner)

    Plant was even more than I expected and your updating and care emails were appreciated. Thank you and hope very much we do business in the future

  10. George (verified owner)

    Love it

  11. Patricia (verified owner)

    Our palm is a lovely, healthy plant that arrived in perfect condition. White Bird of Paradise is next! 👍🏻

  12. Gerald (verified owner)

    The plant arrived in excellent condition. The wrapping and packaging was amazing.

  13. Diana G. (verified owner)

    Absolutely in LOVE with my palm! She came in packaged extremely well and was vibrant right out of the box. Very pleased with the customer service keeping me up to date every step of the process. Oh and totally loved the picture they sent me of her prior to shipping her out. I’m so thrilled with how everything went that I ordered more plants today 🥰🌱

  14. Debbie Gammon (verified owner)

    Both plants were wrapped really well and seem to be doing great. Quick shipping and great communication. Highly recommend.

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent experience!! Plant is bigger than I expected. Very healthy Travellers palm!!! It is growing well. Thank you so much- Dr. Grace

  16. Michele B. (verified owner)

    It was beautiful and healthy but kind of small snd def nothing like the photo

  17. Ket (verified owner)

    Absolutely beautiful plants.

  18. Dr. Emanuel G. (verified owner)

    Extremely healthy plant . Exactly what I was expecting. Wow!

  19. Michele B. (verified owner)

    It’s absolutely perfect and beautiful. I appreciate the fact that you won’t ship until we have done days and nights over 40.. so thank-you for that

  20. Don (verified owner)

    The travelers palms traveled like pros. They are firm and now happy to be in our cloud covered yard. Will plant in a few days.

  21. Lourdes Minton (verified owner)

    Looks great! Packaged so well that even though the box was a bit damaged and FedEx driver was shocked when I told him that the box contained plants 🙄 lol they were in perfect condition when I opened box!

  22. Lorna B. (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in excellent condition. I received very good communication about the arrival date and also directions as to how to take care of it. I would highly recommend this company

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Why others chose the Traveler’s Palm

I'm an avid international traveller (120+countries on 7 continents) and I see this plant as representative of my life.

Large, flat anchor on fence line. Focal point outside of outside of large sunroom windows.