Palm trees are a well-known symbol of the tropics. They provide islanders with food, water and shelter while protecting beaches from erosion. Whether you are growing a palm tree from a seed or a young plant, potted palms are a perfect way to enjoy the topics in your home. Potted palms are much easier to protect from cold weather and are easily transported.
Choose containers appropriate for the size of your palms, usually a 25-gallon size for large plams and 10- to 15-gallon sizes for the dwarf varieties
Fill a pot with a mixture of 25 percent sand, 25 percent peat moss and the rest with potting soil to provide adequate drainage and nutrients.
Mist your palm daily to increase humidity as well as keep dust and insects away. If you do not have a mister, place a shallow pan of water near your palm to allow for evaporation and high air humidity.
Keep the palms in at least eight hours of sunlight per day, rotating them regularly to ensure that all sides recieve equal sun exposure.
Water the plant until water runs out of the bottom of the pot, and allow the top inch of soil to dry before watering again.
Fertilize your palm twice a year with slow-release formula especially designed for palms, following the exact directions on the label.