Ornamental Indoor Palms

July 9, 2018

Ornamental Indoor Palms

(How to grow and take care of ornamental indoor palm)

Indoor palms are one of the most popular, if not the most popular of all house plants around the world. They provide an atmosphere of majestic tropical splendor combined with the ease of care and availability that few other house plants can match.

Indoor palm plants might be an expensive choice of plant for your home compared to other types of plant, however, they really do spruce up the look and feel of a living room, conservatory and other room’s within your home or the office.

They are extraordinary and potentially wonderful indoor plants that are perfect for adding a bold, and exotic with a tropical touch to your home. All one needs to do is watch a movie or television show and most likely there will be a house palm in the back ground. See also House Plants for more ideas of what type of house plants you want to put inside your home.

Growing Indoor Palms in your home

(Guide in growing your own indoor palm at home)

“It is tropical plant”, this is what most people think when it comes to palm trees. Just give them loads of water, and loads of sun and they would be fine.

For some variety of palm trees, this is certainly true; some palms are desert palms and will easily drown with too much water. Still, others are under story plants that prefer shade and a moister, darker environment.

It is not that easy to generalize across a group of plants that includes thousands of species.

The palm family, Arecaceae, is huge, with around 2,650 species.

Most have a solitary trunk, ranging from pencil-thin to extremely stout, but there are also palms that form clumps, are low-growing and some are climbers, such as the rattans.

Like all plants, palms also need the right balance of moisture, light, fertilizer and warmth to grow.

This varies among the different kinds of palms, so if you’re unsure about your specific palm, look up its unique growing conditions.

Palms are some of the best potted plants for indoor growing.

While there are different requirements for a different species, generally they would tolerate the low light levels and dry air of your home quite well, and it would even restricts their growth, which is really good because in ideal conditions they would outgrow the space that they have been brought in to grace.

Different Varieties of Indoor Palm Plant

(Most common and popular types of Indoor Palms)

Having indoor plants is a great way to decorate your interiors and give your home or office a fresh feel. Some studies have also shown that plants have a calming effect on us. One of the best plants to keep in the confines of our home is the palm tree. The care and maintenance is not too much either, making them an ideal choice for those who are working long hours. Learn more about Palm plants, check out Types of Indoor Palm Plants.

Here is a look at some types of indoor palm trees that you can choose to keep.

Areca Palm Tree

Areca palm tree is one of the most popular varieties of palms in tropical and subtropical climates because of its beautiful appearance and low maintenance.

Areca palm is one of the most widely used palms for bright interiors. It features feathery, arching fronds, each with up to 100 leaflets.

These big, bold plants command attention.

A full-grown areca palm houseplant is quite expensive, so they are usually purchased as small, tabletop plants. This palm can be grown indoors as well as outdoors.

Areca palm is one of the few palms that can tolerate trimming without serious harm, making it possible to keep mature plants indoors for their full lifespan of up to 10 years. Read more at: areca palm care.

Pygmy Date Palm

More significant than its name implies, the pygmy date palm tree is a member of the family Arecaceae, a huge group with over 2,600 species found in tropical and subtropical climates of the world.

Pygmy palm growing is used in a variety of interior scapes and commercial plantings due to its graceful form and height of 6 to 10 feet.

Pygmy date palm information allows that this particular genus is known as a date palm due to its often sweet, sugary fruit pulp found in some species of Arecaceae.

Its genus, Phoenix, encompasses only a small portion of the Arecaceae family counted at about 17 species.

Pygmy date palm trees have small, yellow hued flowers, which give way to tiny purplish dates born on a thin solitary trunk with deep green fronds forming a crown. Insignificant thorns also grow on the leaf stalks.

Lady Palm

The lady palm, or (Rhapis excelsa), is a small fan palm that can do extremely well indoors under the right and proper conditions.

It grows from various stems, each topped with vertical leaf. As the name implies, the fronds are split into fan-like segments.

The lady palm, sometimes called the bamboo palm or miniature fan palm, and is the best suited of all the fan palms to indoor development.

It is also tolerant of various types of climates, so it can be used all around the world. It adapts easily to a wide range of different soils, climates and surroundings, which makes it a great house and garden plant for all plant growers.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palms are also known as the reed palm, this small palm grows in shady indoor spaces and often bloom flowers and produce small berries.

They are native to Mexico and Central America, only grows about 5 to 7 feet tall. It prefers humidity, bright, indirect light, and doesn’t do well when it is over-watered.

It does best in temps of 65 to 80 degrees. Potted bamboo palms bring color and warmth to any room in the house.

There are many tropical delights to choose from, but most need bright indirect light in order to thrive.

Bamboo palm is an exception to this rule and will grow even in low light conditions. (Of course they will still grow a bit taller with more light). Its mature height varies from 4 to 12 feet with a span of 3 to 5 feet. The bamboo palm plant can also be planted outdoors.

Tips for growing a healthy Indoor Palm

Providing a proper place to grow your palm

Although most palm trees are often found outdoors, it is possible to grow numerous varieties of palm trees indoors in plant containers and in garden boxes (and also for other indoor gardening kits and supplies, visit gardensonata.com.au for the best deals).

When you decide to grow an indoor palm you must remember that unlike an in-ground palm, potted plants depend on you for all their care and nutrients needed.

Give your indoor palm a potting soil that drains well. A good potting soil for palm trees is a mixture of half peat moss and half perlite. The pot should always have a hole at the bottom for excess water to drain out. Place it under a window, near the door, or anywhere inside your house that receive a lot of sunlight.

Give your palm plant food

Always make sure that your palm plant is getting enough nutrients by giving it some fertilizer.

Choose a fertilizer that is specifically made for palm trees and mix it in with the soil.

Apply fertilizer only once every six to eight weeks during the growing season and stop applying fertilizer in the late fall.

Begin fertilizing again in the spring when the palm starts a new growing cycle.

Too much fertilizer can harm indoor palms and, like improper watering, can cause brown leaf tips and margins. (Too much is also bad).

When fertilizer builds up and the soil is allowed to dry out, it can cause leaf burn.

Palms require a slow-release or diluted liquid fertilizer, but only when plant is actively growing.

The active growth period for palms is from late winter through early fall. If you are unsure about how much fertilizer to use, it is best to under-feed than over-feed the plant with fertilizer.

Water your Plant properly

Proper watering is essential to the health of an indoor palm. If a plant doesn’t get enough water, it can suffer from dried leaves and brown leaf tips and margins.

Water your palm tree weekly.

Do not let the soil dry out, but if it is already soggy and moist when you go to water the palm, you do not need to water as much that week.

Mist the entire plant every couple of weeks, to remove dust from the leaves that would wash away in the rain if the plant were outdoors.

Palms need to be kept damp, but you should never allow them to dry out or sit in water.

You can allow the soil of your palm plant to dry out a little below the surface between watering during active growth and allow the soil to become dry out a little deeper between watering in winter.

When you do water, pour water until it comes out the drainage tray and then immediately empty the tray. Good drainage is essential to you plant palm.

Temperature is also important for your palm plant

Few palms will thrive in colder temperatures, and some, like the coconut palm, can’t tolerate any cold at all.

Most palms are much more tolerant of shade than you might think. Right temperature is also important for your indoor palms.

Their ideal temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and about 60 F when the night comes.

The exception to this is when plants are not actively growing in winter. In winter, the plants can endure cooler temperature of 55 to 60 F.

Palms that are kept too cool show signs of cold injury, which includes brownish-red areas on the leaves. To prevent this chilling injury, keep your palm plants in a room with a temperature above 45 F and away from windy areas, (such as near air-conditioning units, electric fans, windows and doors).


Consider re-potting only if your palm plant is completely pot bound. Palms often have hollow root systems, and they don’t like being disturbed. In short, re-pot only when needed.

Those with a lot of horticultural experience (check this book RHS Small Garden Handbook: Making the most of your outdoor space - amazon as it may also help you)know most plants and trees do not like to be root bound, and cramped roots can make the plant less happy and healthy.

Also, infrequent re-potting slows the growth rate of palms that might rapidly outgrow your room.Palms are quite different in this regard and seem to almost rather be root bound than otherwise. Their roots do not seem to suffer from overcrowding until there is far less soil than there are roots in a pot, and in plastic pots they will usually rip through the pot walls when it is time to re-pot them.

However, those palm plants that are kept in ceramic pots will rarely be able to do this.

If you decide to plant a palm in such a pot, one either needs to get a fairly large pot so re-potting will not be necessary (unfortunately this means over-potting so careful watering these palms), or a cheap ceramic pot, (Which usually those pot ended up broken to get the palm out of it.

A good adjustment is to keep your palm plant in a plastic pot until it grows and rip itself out of it, and then place that pot into a ceramic one (this is how most of the professional indoor landscapers proceed).

Common indoor Palm Plant problems that you might encounter

Brown tipping and leaf loss are probably the most common problem the palm plant might encounter.

This can be caused by a number of situations (such as too low humidity, poor water quality and or salt build-up in the soil, over-watering with poorly draining soils, under watering with extremely well-draining soils, and excessive heat or cold.

There are also some palms that are more resistant to brown tipping than others, and those are usually the ones most commonly encountered in nurseries.

But if one takes care to avoid salt build up, waters carefully and mists the plants regularly, many palms will continue to look good.

So, if you are considering on having a new houseplant, then you might want these indoor palm plants.

They’re not just tropical and exotic looking plants, it is also very easy to take care, very easy to grow and of course, this plant will give your house a spruce vibe. Check also: Choosing the best flowers to grow indoors

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