July 15th, 2019 | Updated on June 5th, 2020
Having tropical plants inside your home brings an exotic feel to your surroundings.
Taking care of an indoor palm tree requires a little bit of effort, but a healthy and beautiful plant will be worth it. With proper care, they adapt well to living indoors.
If you are considering this type of plant, check out the proper steps to help it thrive.
Growing palm trees indoors requires warm temperatures. During their active growing season, which is summer, they do best with temperatures in the 60-70 degree range.
If they get too cold, their leaves will start to turn brown. To help prevent this, do not place them near an air conditioner, vents, or drafty windows.
Indoor palm trees need natural light, but not too much or too little.
Outside, they do better when planted in the shade, so this does make them a good choice for low-light areas inside.
If they get a lot of direct sunlight, the leaves will start to turn gray or brown. The leaves may also shrivel and eventually die.
The best placement for an indoor palm tree is near a window that faces east or south with filtered light.
3. Watering Your Indoor Palm Tree
Palm trees do best in moist conditions, so you should make sure they get enough water. You do not, however, want it to sit in water for long periods of time.
If it gets too dry, the tips of the palm tree leaves will start to turn brown.
It is okay to let the soil on top dry out between waterings. When you do water, pour in enough to come out of the drainage tray. When the water finishes coming out, pour what is in the tray out right away so it does not sit in water.
If you are unsure how much water to give, you can buy a self-watering system for your tree.
If you are looking for a good indoor tree to filter out air pollutants, you should look into bamboo palm trees.
4. The Right Soil
Indoor palm trees are not particularly picky; however, they do best in a porous mix that includes peat moss.
You can also buy palm tree soil mix that is specifically made to help them thrive inside.
Palm trees do not respond well to re-potting, so plan to keep them in the same container for many years. You should only re-pot when it is pot-bound and necessary.
Adding too much fertilizer is another mistake that can cause the leaves of an indoor palm tree to turn brown. This is especially true if the soil dries out and there is a build-up of the fertilizer.
A standard chemical-based fertilizer that is commonly used for houseplants is too strong for palm trees and should not be applied.
Use a slow-release fertilizer designed for palm trees and only apply during the active growing season, which is late winter until the beginning of fall.
6. The Proper Care
An indoor palm tree is an excellent choice for a low maintenance houseplant.
With only a few easy-to-follow steps, they will thrive and last for many years.
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