Palm trees are one of the most popular houseplants for over a century. Its varieties growing inside one's house are tropical plants that can adjust in several atmospheric conditions, which makes them useful as compared to their counterparts. Due to this, they are seen everywhere from houses to hotels, resorts, malls, and offices as well. Still, growing indoor palm tree plants is a challenge for those residing in cooler atmospheric conditions. However, there are several types of these trees which can be added into a particular setting to enhance its beauty.
The areca palm is scientifically known as Chrysalidocarpus lutescens. It is a bushy and attractive low-light indoor plant that requires constant attention. It thrives well in partial to medium light, while total sunlight must strictly be avoided. Weekly watering is needed or even twice a week, if the plant is drying out.
The fishtail palm is scientifically known as Caryota mitis. As the name suggests, this plant bears attractive fishtail-shaped leaves. It thrives great in partial to full sunlight, but requires soil with a good drainage capacity. Weekly watering is necessary. Sometimes it bears poisonous red-colored fruits.
The kentia palm is scientifically known as Howea forsteriana. It is one of the most popular types. This type requires the least amount of maintenance. It can reach up to 2.4m in height. It thrives best in partial to medium sunlight. Watering once a week is advised, which must be reduced during winter.
The sago palm is scientifically known as Cycas revoluta. It is a slow-growing variety. Plants of sago palm have hard and bushy leaves, that can reach to a height of 1.5m. Soil with a good drainage capacity is important, while watering is needed once every two weeks. It is recommended not to touch the leaves as they are sensitive and can get damaged easily.
The date palm is scientifically known as Phoenix canariensis and is extremely tolerant to sunlight and low overnight temperatures. It has long leaves with sharp tips, which need plenty of space to grow. It is important to keep them wet during summer and dry during winter. Always use a sharp knife for removing the dead foliage. This type of plant must be provided with liquid feed sometime between April to August.
The rhapis palm is also called bamboo palm due to its bamboo-like appearance. They are one of the best low-light indoor plants, but are needed to be misted to maintain the required humidity levels. A good drainage soil and watering once every two weeks is very essential. This type of plant must be provided with liquid feed sometime between April to August.
Pygmy Date Palm
The pygmy date palm is scientifically known as Phoenix Roebelenii. Thriving great in full to partial sun, it is suitable for extreme climatic changes like hot day temperatures and colder overnight temperatures. The pygmy plants are always in a constant danger of getting affected by spider mites. It is important to keep them wet during summer and dry during winter. Always use a sharp knife for removing the dead foliage.
Indoor palm plants need around 70% of humidity levels, with no abrupt climatic changes. You can use soil which is a mixture of peat moss, pearlite, charcoal and wood chips and coarse sand. Refrain from putting a heavy coat of top soil for any species. Place the plant in a container with a good drainage capacity. Avoid platters and trays which hold water for long. Zinc, iron, magnesium manganese, boron, etc. are some useful feeds for palm trees. You can also make your own homemade palm tree fertilizer for better results.