Palm, Houseplant Plant Features
Houseplant palms are perfect for adding a bold, tropical touch to your home. There's a variety of beautiful palm trees that thrive as houseplants in bright rooms. It's easy to decorate with these plants: Use palms to break up a section of blank wall, to fill an empty corner, to soften the edges of windows or furniture, or act as a living sculpture at the end of a side table. A row of houseplant palms can make for a lovely living screen or room divider, too!
An easy way to dress up any palm is to grow it in an attractive container. Look for pots that match your decor style or color scheme. Tall, narrow pots are especially fun for houseplant palms because they accent the trees' elegant, upright shapes.
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Palm, Houseplant Growing Instructions
While there's a wide range of houseplant palms available, most have similar growing needs: a bright spot (the brightest spot you can give them in most cases) and a watering when the top inch or two of the potting soil starts to dry out.
As with any indoor plants, grow houseplant palms in containers that have drainage holes so excess water can escape. Most palms don't like wet feet and can suffer from root rot if too much water builds up at the bottom of the pot.
One relatively common problem palms can have is brown leaf tips. This browning may occur from a number of factors, including:
- Dry air. Remedy brown leaf tips by supplying your houseplant palm with more humidity.
- Too much fertilizer. Giving your palm too much fertilizer at one time or over the course of time can make the leaf tips go brown.
- Being kept too dry. If palms suffer from dry soil too long, they'll start to lose the tips of their leaves.
As houseplants, most palms don't need much fertilizer to survive. You can fertilize palms twice a year or so (at the minimum). If you wish to feed it more for faster growth, you can. Use a product labeled for use on indoor plants and follow the directions on the product packaging.
Note: Houseplant palms are not intended to be eaten by humans or animals.
Indoors: High light
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Complement your Palm, Houseplant with these varieties:
Grow a Boston fern at the base of your houseplant palms to add a fun dose of texture.
Among the easiest of all houseplants, Chinese evergreen grows well with palms indoors.
Looking to give your houseplant palms a splash of color? Try them with beautiful crossandra.
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Areca palm, also called butterfly palm, is a lovely slow-growing houseplant tree with feathery fronds.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Bamboo palm is an excellent houseplant because it's small and slow growing. It doesn't need as much light as other palms and has a beautiful shape.O2 for You
A lovely houseplant, cat palm has rich green fronds and can grow 6 feet tall over time. It enjoys evenly moist soil and can be watered more frequently than other palms.O2 for You
Chinese fan palm is a stellar houseplant that has dark green, star-shaped leaves rather than the feathery, ferny look of most other indoor palms.O2 for You
Fishtail palm is one of the more uncommon houseplant palms. It has beautiful fronds with a unique texture, making it a stunning plant for a high-light spot.O2 for You
A high-end houseplant palm, kentia is a slow grower with gorgeous green fronds and an easy-to-care-for nature.O2 for You
Lady palm, also called rhapis palm, is a stunner with shiny, dark green fronds and a lush, full habit. Lady palm tolerates lower light than most others.O2 for You
Perhaps the finest houseplant palm, majesty palm has an elegant, arching habit and rich green fronds. It likes moister soil than other palms.O2 for You
Also called parlor palm, neanthe bella palm is one of the best houseplant palms. This small tree is a slow grower. It tolerates lower light than other varieties.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Bringing to mind the look of a tropical island, pygmy date palm likes bright light and has fine-textured fronds. Its small size makes pygmy date palm an excellent houseplant.O2 for You