How to Care for an Indoor Palm Tree

While palm trees thrive best outdoors in tropical locations, they can also grow quite heartily as houseplants in proper conditions. Indoor palms often grow as tall as their containers allow, meaning that you may be able to grow a small indoor palm on your end table or even a large palm next to your indoor swimming pool. Regardless of the type of palm tree, ensure you give it excellent care to stimulate healthy growth.

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Step 1

Place the palm in a sunny spot. Dependent on the type of palm, low light may be preferred.

Step 2

While few homes replicate the tropical environment palms typically grow in outdoors, it is important not to place an indoor palm too close to an air conditioning vent or heating unit. This constant change in temperature can cause the palm to dry out.

Step 3

Water is a necessity for all palms, but there is a proper balance to strike between too much and too little. You can, however, take cues from your palm's soil. Try to establish a set day every week to water the palm, and fill a watering can or jug with room-temperature water to water the palm.

Step 4

If the water seems to overflow over the soil, or if your palm has a tray below the pot to capture dirt and excess water, pay careful attention to stop watering when this occurs.

Step 5

While palm trees do not require frequent fertilization, you may want to fertilize two to three times a year with a fertilizer made specially for palms. Note that it's not necessary to fertilize in the winter because palms do not actively grow then.

Step 6

Repotting a palm is recommended only if the palm appears to be outgrowing its current home. Take great care not to disturb the roots and be sure not to place the palm in too large a pot, which can make the soil difficult to stay aired out.