This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
An ornamental Palm-like plant from the East Indies, with broad green plaited arching leaves. There are two varieties, namely striata, having a white band down the centre, and variegata, which has fine leaves, 3-4 ft. long including the stalks, the blade being irregularly banded with white. They are not extensively grown, chiefly because they can only be increased by division, but the plants sell readily enough. They flourish in a gritty loamy soil with a little well-rotted manure, leaf mould, or peat, and require abundance of moisture at the root and overhead when growing freely.