How to Take Care of Tropical Palm Plants in the House


Tropical palm plants are well-adapted to indoor environments in houses, because they typically enjoy the same air temperatures and light conditions. With their bold, large fronds, most indoor palm plants provide an attractive and interesting ambiance to a room. The best tropical palms to grow in a house are those that grow slowly and reach a smaller height and spread at maturity. Palms are also easy to prune to control their size by cutting back their upper fronds to reduce height and width.

Step 1

Position your indoor tropical palm plant beside a south-, east- or west-facing window where it will receive bright, filtered sunlight. Provide indirect natural light throughout the year.

Step 2

Maintain air temperatures around your indoor palm plant of 70 to 80 degrees F during the daytime and around 60 degrees at night. Keep the palm away from drafty areas or heating and air conditioning vents.

Step 3

Water your tropical palm thoroughly until the water drains from the bottom of the pot when the top 1 inch of potting soil feels dry to the touch. Empty out any excess water from the drainage dish after watering the palm plant.

Step 4

Feed your indoor tropical palm plant once each month while it's actively growing, typically during the spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer made for indoor palm trees. Apply the fertilizer at half the normal dosage rate.

Step 5

Repot your indoor tropical palm plant once every two to three years in spring or summer. Transfer the palm plant into a container that's the next size up and in lightweight, fast-draining, organic potting mix. You don't need to repot the palm plant more frequently, because they grow well when they're root-bound in the pot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't allow the tropical palm plant's potting soil to dry out or remain too wet. The potting soil should be evenly moistened.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid palm plant fertilizer
  • Planter pots
  • Fast-draining potting mix


  • Clemson University Extension: Indoor Palms

Who Can Help

  • Master Gardeners Online: Popular Palms
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