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Types of Indoor Palm Plants

By Regina Sass ; Updated September 21, 2017

Palm plants have been popular as indoor plants for centuries. There are several excellent choices for indoor palm plants among the 2600 or so types of palm plants. Not all indoor palm plants have the same requirements. Different varieties require different amounts of sunlight and have different water requirements as well. Give them the same care they would receive outdoors and replicate their environment, and indoor palm plants will last for a long time.

Kentia Palm

Kentia palm has a single trunk, and is a slow grower. If you start with a small plant indoors, it will take about eight years for it to grow tall enough to reach a 9 foot ceiling. Outside, it can reach a height of 60 feet. Indoors, it will grow as high as 12 feet. The kentia palm has the look of a classic palm tree and can survive being planted in a pot that is just a bit too small. Keep it where it can get direct sunlight in the morning. It only needs to be watered when the top inch of soil is completely dry.

Majesty Palms

Majesty palms only require a moderate amount of lighting. They should not be put in direct sunlight. The same goes for water--just keep the soil moist. It needs good drainage so the roots do not sit in water, which would result in root rot. If you are not providing enough water, the tips of the leaves will turn brown. If it gets too much water, the tips will turn yellow. Majestic palms like humidity, so mist them daily.

Phoenix Palms

The Phoenix palm is also called the pygmy date palm. It requires a lot of water, but too much and the tips of the leaves will turn black or yellow. If it does not get enough water, the leaves will droop. Phoenix palms like bright light, indirect sun. Place it where it can get defused light. Too much sun and the leaves may develop yellow or black spot. Mist your Phoenix palm daily.

Areca Palms

The areca palm is another slow-growing palm. It needs indirect sunlight or else the leaves can burn. Make sure it gets a good amount of water, but has adequate drainage as well. The leaves will droop if it does not get sufficient water. Remove any damaged or dead leaves immediately. Mist daily to provide sufficient humidity.