10 Types of Palm Trees You Can Grow Indoors
Native to tropical and subtropical climates, palm trees can add a bold, tropical look to home interiors. These plants are from the Arecaceae family and are flowering perennials with varying growth forms. (There are almost 200 known genera with over 2,600 species in the palm family!) Many of the most popular palms are slow-growing and only require occasional attention as long as you provide them with what they need to thrive.
Wondering where to start? Whether you're looking for a tree-like palm that will grow up to 5 feet tall, or the most low-maintenance and easy-to-grow palm available, here are our favorite indoor palm plants all guaranteed to add a tropical feel to your home, plus tips on how to take care of them.
How to Grow Indoor Palm Trees and Plants at Home
Although specific growing conditions depend on the palm species, most palms thrive with similar care. Here's a snapshot of how best to care for most indoor palm trees:
- Light: Most palms thrive in bright, indirect light, but some tolerate partial shade. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight to prevent leaf scorching.
- Temperature and humidity: Palms prefer average humidity and temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees. Low humidity will cause tips to brown. To help increase humidity indoors, use a cool-mist humidifier or mist the plant regularly with water.
- Soil: Palms do best in well-draining, slightly acidic, or neutral soil.
- Watering: Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
- Feeding: Use a basic fertilizer once a month during the active growing season.
- Pruning: Regular pruning helps palms maintain an attractive form and manageable size.
- Propagation: The easiest method to propagate palms is by division in the spring or when you repot.
- Pests and diseases: Spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs are the most common pests of indoor palms.