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Palm, Houseplant


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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Looking for a Houseplant Palm?
Find our palms from your favorite local retailer or online. See a list of our retailer partners. 

Interested in growing palms outdoors? Check out our landscape palms! 

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. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors


  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Palm, Houseplant with these varieties:
Boston Fern
Grow a Boston fern at the base of your houseplant palms to add a fun dose of texture.

Chinese Evergreen
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.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm

Dypsis lutescens

Areca palm, also called butterfly palm, is a lovely slow-growing houseplant tree with feathery fronds.

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Chamaedorea seifrizii Bamboo Palm

Chamaedorea seifrizii

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.

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Chamaedorea cataractarum Cat Palm

Chamaedorea cataractarum

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.

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Livistona chinensis Chinese Fan Palm

Livistona chinensis

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.

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Caryota mitis Fishtail Palm

Caryota mitis

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.

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Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm

Howea forsteriana

A high-end houseplant palm, kentia is a slow grower with gorgeous green fronds and an easy-to-care-for nature.

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Rhapis excelsa Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa

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.

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Ravenea rivularis Majesty Palm

Ravenea rivularis

Perhaps the finest houseplant palm, majesty palm has an elegant, arching habit and rich green fronds. It likes moister soil than other palms.

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Chamaedorea elegans Neanthe Bella Palm

Chamaedorea elegans

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.

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Phoenix roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelenii

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.

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