Indoor Palm Trees

Indoor Palm Trees

Palm trees decorate our home in an amazing way: regardless of the type of leaves they have, their slender and thin trunks, their poise and elegance, can make a room look better, with more life and color.

Its cultivation is not difficult, but when you have them inside the house you have to observe them from time to time as some problems may arise. To avoid them, we are going to tell you how to take care of a palm tree indoors .



Palm trees need a lot of light in order to grow well . Although it is true that there are some, such as the Howea forsteriana (kentia) or the Chamaedorea elegans (living palm) that can be in those areas that are not especially bright, these plants will develop better in which there are windows through which the rays solar can enter.


Watering is probably one of the most difficult tasks to control. So that everything goes smoothly, you have to water only when the substrate is dry , preferably with rainwater or without lime. In the event that we have a dish under it, we will remove the water that is ten minutes after it has been watered.

Chamaedorea elegans


During the whole growing season, that is, from spring until the end of summer / early autumn, we must fertilize them with a fertilizer for palm trees following the indications specified on the package. We can also choose to fertilize them with guano (liquid, rather than powder), which is natural.


In spring you have to change them from a pot , especially if you have never done it before. To do this, they must be planted in pots that are at least 4cm wider than the previous one, with a universal culture substrate mixed with 30% perlite. If we want to improve the drainage more, before filling the container, we will throw a layer of volcanic clay about 2-3cm.

More tips

If we want to decorate the home with a palm tree and enjoy it for many years, it is very important that we first learn about what species can be grown in pots and indoors . Why do I say this? Because in nurseries and garden stores they sell palm trees that either reach heights over 3 meters, or they do not adapt to indoor conditions, or … both. A clear example is the coconut tree . This plant, not only reaches 7 meters or more, but it needs much more light than it enters the homes and, if that were not enough, it is very sensitive to the cold, so sadly it is used as a seasonal plant when in its natural habitat reaches almost 100 years.

Therefore, if we do not want to spend money on a plant that sooner or later we will have to go to the garden or throw it into the pile of compost, I recommend you take a look at this article , to know what palm trees you can have at home.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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