How to Care for Potted Palms


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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Keep the palms in at least eight hours of sunlight per day, rotating them regularly to ensure that all sides recieve equal sun exposure.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Fertilize your palm twice a year with slow-release formula especially designed for palms, following the exact directions on the label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not nail signs or lights to the trunks of palms because puncture wounds in palm trees never heal.

Things You'll Need

  • Perlite
  • Spray bottle
  • Fertilizer


  • Palm Advice
  • Aloha Palms
Keywords: potted palm, palm tree, tropical landscaping

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.