A matting is made from the bark admixed with some of the stem fibres.The leaves are woven into hats, rough coats and fans.
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This species is generally hardy in the southern and western part of Britain. When mature, plants have been known to survive occasional temperatures as low as -18°c though younger plants are more tender and can be damaged by temperatures down to about -8°c, especially if the plant is not sheltered from cold winds.Very young plants should be given some protection during their first winter or two outdoors . A fairly slow-growing plant, though it self-sows in S.W. England. Widely cultivated throughout China, Japan and S.E. Asia for the fibres within the leaf stalk. Palms usually have deep penetrating root systems and generally establish best when planted out at a young stage. However, older plants are substantially more cold tolerant than juvenile plants. In areas at the limit of their cold tolerance, therefore, it is prudent to grow the plants in containers for some years, giving them winter protection, and only planting them into their permanent positions when sheer size dictates. Palms can also be transplanted even when very large. Although the thick fleshy roots are easily damaged and/or desiccated, new roots are generally freely produced. It is important to stake the plant very firmly to prevent rock, and also to give it plenty of water until re-established - removing many of the leaves can also help. The flowers are sweetly scented.Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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