How to Grow Palms Indoors

Overview

Palms are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. They survive in extreme low light situations that would be fatal to other houseplants. Different palm varieties grow to heights ranging from small tabletop size to those that will eventually reach the ceiling. They are very forgiving of neglect and are a good plant for those who do not necessarily possess a "green thumb."

Step 1

Position palms indoors in bright, indirect light. Do not place in a sunny, south-facing window unless there is at least a thin curtain between the window and the palm. Palms prefer low light situations and their leaves can become sunburned from intense sunlight. Ensure that the position you've chosen for your palm is not close to drafty windows or a door that opens to the outside.

Step 2

Water when the soil feels dry to the touch an inch below the surface. After the excess water drains out of the drainage hole, dump out the drainage saucer or siphon off the standing water. During winter's slow growth period, allow the soil to dry out a little more between waterings.

Step 3

Fertilize every other week from late winter through early autumn. Use a water soluble houseplant fertilizer mixed at half the manufacturer's recommended rate of application.

Step 4

Clean the fronds of your palms regularly. Use a feather duster to lightly dust the fronds weekly. Every 6-8 weeks, wipe the leaves and fronds down with a slightly damp, soft cloth.

Step 5

Transplant only when the roots of your palm are obviously crowded in its pot. When transplanting, use a new pot that is only 1-2 inches larger than the pot in which the palm is currently growing.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use commercially prepared leaf polish to clean the fronds of palms; these interfere with the plant's ability to "breathe."

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble indoor plant food
  • Feather duster
  • Soft cloth

References

  • How to grow palms indoors.

Who Can Help

  • Read more about growing indoor palms.
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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.