Things to Know About Palm Plants

Palm plants are not only good for outdoors, like in your garden. If you are looking for a tropical decoration, indoor palm plants are also possible. Although they are rather expensive, the existing of a palm plant or two can make a room look good. You can put them in the living room, office space, or many more.

It is possible to own some palm house plants indoors. In fact, they come in many types.

1. Some Types of Palms

Some of these types of palms might be suitable for your homes:

  • Parlor palms/ Chamaedorea elegants

Famous and most-commonly chosen, parlor palms are rather slow to the growth. You have to be patient for that, though. They can be as tall as 3 feet. Once they are in the right are and under enough amount of light, their small flowers grow.

  • Kentia palms/ Howea forsteriana

Similar to belmoreana or sentry palms, kentia palms are also popular and chosen by many. They can grow in lower temperatures and do not need too much light. They do not have so many leaves, though.

  • Sentry palms/ Howea belmoreana

These are the quite identical twins to kentia palms. The only differences they have are the wider, more arched leaves. They are also more curly-looking as palms. They are often chosen for decoration in larger rooms and hallways.

  • Pygmy date/ Phoenix roebelenii

This small, indoor houseplant is also known as a dwarf date. There are plenty of these dwarf palm trees. With much slimmer leaves, these plants can grow as tall as 3 feet too. They are perfect for homes and offices.

  • European fan/ Chamaerops humilis 

If you are looking for something cute and more compact, this European fan is one good example. As a mini palm tree, they grow some stems from the base – which later will resemble a fan.

2. More Types of Palms

Are those the only types of palms that exist? Nope, there are still plenty more:

  • Lady palms/ Rhapis excelsa

These palms can grow as tall as 2 – 7 feet. In some others, Lady palms can also grow even higher, up to 14 feet. Still, you have to be patient with the growth process, though. It can get really slow, but the end result is worth the wait.

  • Areca palms/ Dypsys lutescens

Also known as butterfly palms, these plants have similar fronds to kentia palms. They can also grow as tall s 8 feet, which make them perfect for larger rooms with higher ceilings. They are sold in garden stores and very easy to grow.

  • Sago palms/ Cycas revoluta

Only similar by looks, sago palms are actually not real palms. They can grow in the low level amount of light in the environment, but even better in higher humidity. They can grow up to 2-feet tall but rather slow and toxic, so keep them away from pets.

  • Canary island date palms/ Phoenix canariensis

These palm trees are from the same genus as a pygmy date. With straight, fairly stiff and narrow leaflets, Canary Island date palms can grow as tall as 6 feet. Leave them outside and they can grow even taller, up to 20 meters, especially in warm conditions.

3. The Palm Plant Care Guidelines

When it comes to palm plant care, here are some things to consider:

  • The right living space and place

Before you decide to buy any palm plants, learn their possible mature heights first. The last thing you want is to have the wrong palm plants in the wrong living space. It is also a drag to repot them once they get too tall and heavy.

  • The cost

You might want to prepare quite a budget, because these palm plants are expensive. However, they can make an office room look classy and expensive too, tropical-style. If you have no problem with it, then go for it.

  • The repotting

Unlike with other small houseplants, you can only repot palm plants when absolutely necessary. Most of them do not like being disturbed, for it may also affect their growth, although having potted palm plants is still possible.

  • The light

Although palms are generally okay with direct sunlight, these small palm plants prefer partial shade or low-light conditions. The partial shade issue works wonders for kentia palms and parlor palms.

4. How to Grow A Palm Plant

To have houses with palm trees, you need to know how to grow a palm plant first. Here is how:

  • Do not overflow it with too much water. Moderation is the key. When you water it, make sure the soil is not too wet or moist. This will avoid the roots from rotting.
  • Palm plants do not require a lot of fertilizers. You can use the all-purpose one, but using it twice a year for your palm is already good enough. To grow it faster, you can use more. Make sure you choose the one for indoor plants and read the instructions before you do.
  • Watch out for brown leave tips, though. Aside from the dryness issue (like being kept dry too long or living in a dry-aired environment, too much fertilizer might be the cause.)
  • If you feel you have to keep the palm plant in a dry-aired environment (like a room with an AC on), spray some water on the leaves and soil to keep it fresh.

5. The Palm Plants’ Potential Problems

Last but not least, here are some of the potential problems that can happen to palm plants:

  • The brown leaves, in spots or on the tips

Either from dryness or excessive moistness, this can happen. Find out soon which and decide from there. You can also cut off the brown parts to allow new growth.

  • Yellowing leaves

You may not water it enough yet.

  • The rotting roots

This could be from the excessive moist from watering the plant too much. The soil and container might not drain well. Deal with this immediately or the palm plant will die.

  • Insects

Palm plants are favourite snacks to red spider mites, mealy bugs, and scales.

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