Indoor Palm Trees

Indoor Palm Trees are becoming more popular in decorating home and office space. They create a tropical atmosphere that no other indoor plant can provide. Interior designers love indoor palms because they are very tolerable to the wide range of conditions. Palm diseases are rarely a problem while some insects can still get your plant in trouble. Some of the common pests are scale, mealybugs and mites.

Since there is no drought or cold inside, light is the most important key factor in growing healthy and beautiful palm. It is also easier to prevent different diseases and insects that is a usual problem for outdoor palms.

Areca Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
This outdoor palm can be grown indoors. Areca Palm has long, light green fronds that are feather-shaped with narrow leaflets. Areca Palm grows around 7 inches a year. It will grow to around 7 feet tall indoors. Areca Palm likes a lot of indirect light. It also requires a lot of water and well-drained soil.
Chinese Fan Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Livistona chinensis
This is a very easy to grow palm that adapts to a wide range of indoor conditions. Chinese Fan Palm is native to Japan. It likes well-drained soil and a lot of light. This elegant palm has emerald-green fan shaped leafs and little spines along the petiole. So be careful trimming it. It’s a slow growing plant that can reach 30 feet tall.
Kentia Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Howea forsteriana
Is one of the best indoor palms. Kentia Palm is native to Australia. It has a slender trunk and a graceful crown of dark-green drooping fronds. This palm likes plenty of light, but can survive in the low light conditions. It also grows best with a lot of water and well-drained soil.
Lady Palm Tree
Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa
If you are looking for an indoor palm Lady Palm is a great choice. It will happily live under low light conditions or bright filtered light. Easy care makes this palm very popular for indoor use. Lady Palm is a slow growing plant that will grow around 9 inches per year.

All palms like heat and humid environment. Usually, heat is not a problem in indoor conditions but not enough humidity and too much dry heat could damage palm leafs. Try to keep your palm plants away from heaters and air conditioners if possible.

In the warm month palm can greatly benefit from spending some time outside. Since they are not used to bright sunlight, slowly acclimatize them to the outside light. Also keep in mind that it is impossible for “sun grown” leaf to adapt to the low light levels. So don’t keep your plant outside for too long.

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~Susan Brian

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3 thoughts on “Indoor Palm Trees”

  1. Can you keep old man palm trees short like 2 feet tall, by cutting the top fronds off to shape and keep it short?

  2. My indoor palm has gotten white flowers on it and they stink. Not sure what they are or why they suddenly appeared, I cut them off because they smelled so bad. Any idea what they are??

  3. Good day,
    I am from Bucharest, Romania, living in extreme lockdown conditions due to Corona Virus. Recently I accepted to take in an apparently healthy palm tree, but it had been kept in isolation in some IT office which was completely shutdown for over two months. It did receive some random watering though….not sure about sunlight….
    I am writing to you hopping that someone will help me recognize what type of palm it is (its height is around 1.8 meters, with 2 types of leaves -see pictures in attachment) and, of course, I would appreciate if someone could give some advice in terms of what could help the plant look happier, as for now it seems to have a lot of yellow leaves.
    Thank you,
    I have some photos, it seems I cannot upload them on this forum

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