Myths and Facts About Indoor Palm Tree Care

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Are you longing to achieve beachy vibes in your home? Want to be transported to a tropical island from the comfort of your living room? Adding an indoor palm tree can deep dive you into your blissful mental relaxation.

When you first imagine a palm tree, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is breezy tall cowering trees that align the streets leading you to the beach to waste away the day. But, luckily for us, tropical dwelling lovers, palms trees come in many different shapes and sizes to fit into any space.

Indoor palm trees come in many different varieties, allowing you the opportunity to find the right one for your space and tastes. Palm trees can be elegant and seamless or bold statement pieces.

Let’s break down all the myths and facts about indoor palm tree care. Discover how much work they need, and which ones are some of our favorites.

Indoor Palm Tree Care Basics

Myth number one, palm trees are challenging to care for indoors. Fact palm trees are actually easier to upkeep indoors than you may have been led to believe.

Most indoor palm trees thrive in normal indoor living conditions. Average humidity, moderate lighting, and temperatures ranging between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for indoor palm tree care.

Choosing the Right Pot for Indoor Palm Tree Care

Even though some varieties are perfect indoors, palm trees require large enough pots to house their roots and provide extra room to continue growing.

Since palm trees require relatively large pots to encourage and support growth, it gives you massive possibilities to get creative with your potting choices. You can find pots to match your decor and help your tree look even more aesthetically pleasing than it already does.

Indoor palm trees are slow-growing plants, and the extra provided space will promote plant growth. However, even though slow growing, you will periodically need to move your plant into a larger pot because it will grow and need more space for the roots to spread out.

Humidity for Indoor Palm Tree Care

Humidity for palm trees is average for the everyday indoor environment. Yet, some palms trees will thrive more with a little extra humidity.

A simple way to provide your palm trees added humidity is by placing your pot on a humidity tray. Humidity trays are a simple and effective way to give plants the moisture they desire without much-added work for you.

To create a humidity tray, grab a plastic drip tray from your local nursery. Place pebbles all along the bottom and then add water. Water should cover midway up the rocks but never cover the rocks. After adding water, place your palm tree on top of the humidity tray. The stones will support your tree, and the water in the tray will create the humidity level your plant needs.

Soil

Soil

Myth number two, since palm trees are tropical, they love water. Fact, palms trees do not enjoy being saturated with water, and without the correct soil mixture, they could quickly rot and die.

Palm trees need a cactus-type mixture of soil. These quick-drying soils you can create yourself or purchase premixed bags from your local gardening store. You want a combination of soil with a sand or perlite base. Added compost and fertilizer occasionally can help your plant thrive, but soil that allows proper water drainage is crucial for palm trees.

Soil and fertilizer are there to support, nourish, and aerate your plant while encouraging growth.

Fertilizer should only be added to your plant soil when you first bring your plant home and then periodically from there on out. Many potting mixtures have already added fertilizers; in this case, avoid adding additional fertilizer because too much can burn your plant roots. You only need to change your plant soil mixture two to three times a year, so if you are using a mix with fertilizer included this will work perfectly for your palm.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Myth number three, palm trees need bright direct sunlight. Fact: Indoor palm trees do well with medium to high indirect lighting conditions and receiving this during average daylight periods is perfect for these plants. Simply locate an area in your home that at the very least creates a blurry shadow when placed in front of sunlight; this blurry shadow creation is a good sign that you have basic lighting requirements.

Water for Indoor Palm Tree Care

Palm trees prefer the soak and dry watering method since they do not like to become drenched. With too much water or without proper drainage, palm tree roots can become rotted and can attract mealy bugs.

To apply the soak and dry method properly, take your plant outside or into a shower. Lightly spray down with water until the soil is thoroughly saturated. Allow the plant to drain access water before moving back to its usual location. Check your plant’s soil weekly by inserting your finger three inches beneath the surface. When the soil inches beneath feels dry, then your palm will be ready to water again.

Top 3 Indoor Palm Trees

When searching for indoor palm tree care guidelines, we usually look for the easiest ones to manage and nontoxic ones for our furry family members.

Myth number four; all palm trees are toxic to cats and dogs. Fact, palms trees are some of the safest for pets. Especially the ones on this list; they are all pet friendly. Here are our three top choices for indoor palm trees.

Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm

Parlor palms prefer bright indirect sunlight but, they are adaptable to low light conditions. Which makes them a popular choice for indoor plant lovers. Parlor palms are great for purifying the air, and they handle cooler temperatures if you are the type of person who likes to keep your thermostat on the lower end of the spectrum.

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palms, our drought-tolerant best friends. These palms do well for the indoor plant lover that tends to forget to water their favorite greenery. However, even though they can survive with minimal watering, they need bright indirect sunlight and warmer temperatures. They thrive best in homes that hover around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and have ample amounts of natural light.

Majesty Palm

Majesty Palm

The Majesty palm is, just as the name states, royalty. Majesty palms do require a bit more maintenance than most other palms. However, they are still great indoor plants to have. With the right balance of heat, light, and care, they can reach average tree heights. Majesty palms prefer bright indirect sunlight and need plenty of water. Proper research on these plant requirements can provide you with a full, beautiful, blooming indoor palm tree.

Indoor Palm Tree Care – The Wrap-up

As you can probably tell by now, there is nothing too demanding for indoor palm tree care. As the famous quote states, “keep it simple, stupid”. Do not overthink plant care, especially for palm trees. Do your basic research, do your best to give your palm tree the basic needs, and you will be just fine growing your indoor palm.

FAQ

Palm trees are an excellent indoor plant to add to any decor. They add greenery, soothe the soul, and have air-purifying abilities. Palm trees are often chosen to bring indoors because of their ease of care requirements.

Palms trees need soil, fertilizer, and perlite or sand mixture. Perlite or sand allows water to drain from the plant roots preventing root rot, and the fertilizer mixed into the soil will help your palm absorb the necessary nutrients.

Lucky for us palm tree lovers, palms do not require direct sunlight. The ones listed in this article all prefer bright indirect light, which is achievable by finding a sunny location near a window indoors. Yet, all these palms can survive and adapt to medium lighting conditions.

Many people believe that since palm trees are tropical plants, they need water constantly and love ample amounts of it. However, that is not the case. While palms need water to grow and thrive, they do not want to be soaked in excesses of it. Most palms like to be thoroughly watered and then allowed to dry out roughly 90% before watering again.

Some palm trees are toxic to indoor pets if ingested. The three listed in this article, Parlor, Majesty, and Ponytail palm, are all excellent options if you have pets indoors. If you are interested in a different type of palm tree, be sure to do your research to learn if your palm is pet friendly.

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