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How to Care for an Indoor Palm Tree

By Stephanie Green

More than just a pretty plant, the Paradise Palm is also good for improving indoor air quality. The paradise palm is a slow-growing plant that is suitable for a small space. While they can become relatively big in size, they are small on maintenance and care.

Select a pot that is approximately the same size as the palm plant. Plant the palm in good potting soil that allows for adequate drainage. Amend the soil with peat moss if it appears packed too tightly. Fertilize the palm plant with a general fertilizer.

Water the palm plant regularly, leaving the soil barely moist. Do not let the plant sit in water because this will cause root rot. Reduce watering of palm plants during the winter months. Keep indoor temperatures slightly above 60 degrees and provide humidity for the plant.

Place the palm in an area where it will receive bright, indirect light. Clean the leaves of the plant with a damp cloth. Re-pot the plant when roots begin to grow from the bottom of the plant. Do not prune any palm species that grows a crown shaft--a green, smooth column that grows on the tree. Monitor the palm for common pest problems which include spider and scale mites and mealy bugs.


About the Author


Stephanie Green is a writer with more than 10 years of experience. Her work has been published in various lifestyle and trade publications, covering parenting, gardening and human-interest stories. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.