The pygmy date palm, a miniature of the date palm grown throughout the Middle East for fruit, makes a lovely, easy to grow indoor plant. A type of feather palm, Phoenix roebelinii grows indoors to a height of about six feet and a spread of about three. This date palm adds a natural tropical touch, gracing a room with arching, fine textured fronds.
Place your pygmy date palm near an east window, Clemson University Extension suggests. The plant prefers a good deal of indirect sunlight, but no direct sun.
Keep the plant in a location that is at least 80 degrees during the day and about 15 degrees cooler at night. Since the pygmy date palm originated in the tropics, do what you can to simulate a tropical environment. Keep the plant away from drafts.
Maintain uniformly moist soil. Do not allow the pygmy date palm to stand in water, but do not let the soil dry out either.
Apply nitrogen fertilizer regularly during active growing to promote lush growth of this typically slow growing plant.
Watch for mites, mealy bugs and aphids, which are attracted to the pygmy date palm. Treat any insect problems with a commercial insecticide according to manufacturer's directions.
Repot your pygmy date palm when roots fill the pot, often every two to three years. Remember that this plant does well when its roots are confined.