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Palm Plant Care

Palms make great indoor plants and they bring the essence of the tropics to any interior decor, adding a lush, green feel to the environment. Bamboo Palms, Neanthe Bella and Areca Palms are some of the more often used interior palms. The Parlour Palm, or Neanthe Bella Palm, has been used an an indoor plant for centuries and is quite adaptable to the conditions in the home. For the most part, Palms are easy to care for once they have acclimated to the home environment and should make a fantastic addition to your houseplant collection.

Different palms have different growth habits and leaf types but one thing that is true of all palms is that the growth point is at the tip of each stem. You cannot prune back from this point and get new growth as you might with other plants. You will only stop the growth when you remove this part of the plant.

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Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea
Bamboo Palm

Bright, filtered light is best for most Palms but the Kentia and Neanthe Bella palm can usually be maintained in lower light situations. The Rhapis Palm is also an option for lower light.

Try to place your Palm houseplants in the best lighting available since lower light levels generally means less foliage and a thinner, less healthy plant overall. Low light levels will also mean watering less frequently for any plant. Palms should tolerate some early morning sun but avoid hot afternoon sun.

Most Palms, and houseplants in general, do not like to have constantly wet roots. Avoid purchasing plants that have been potted into containers without drainage holes. This will help avert the soggy soil and roots that will eventually kill many houseplants. Keep your Palm plants in a grow pot with drainage holes and buy a decorative container a few inches larger in diameter and set your plant inside of the decorative pot, making it easier to remove excess water.

Watering Palms - In lower to medium light, you should water when the potting soil has dried almost completely to the bottom. Always test for moisture before you water. In bright light, water when the potting soil has dried down to about 1/2 the depth of the grow pot. Remove excess standing water. Read more about watering and lighting for important care information.

Every palm plant and its environment are unique. Remember this when caring for your houseplants. You need to take into consideration the lighting and local environment the plant is placed in as you make decisions about watering.

Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips as needed. It is normal for a new plant to shed its old foliage when it is moved to a new and different environment. Expect this of new additions to your home. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that if your Palm is losing foliage or turning a bit yellow, it must need more water! Given the proper care, watering and lighting, it should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.

Initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Palms of all types are susceptible to insects. There are many different Palms and it would be difficult to list them here with their most common pest problems. I will say that palms seem to be insect prone in general. Keeping the foliage clean will help to discourage insect problems.

Chinese Fan Palm
Fan Palm

Any plant can have insect infestations. Insects are more attracted to certain plants and palms are one of those. It is best to be vigilant in checking for any thing that might indicate insects are present. Make cleaning the foliage of your Palm plant part of your regular plant care. Using a spray bottle full of water with a few drops of mild dish detergent added is a great way to help prevent any problems from starting up. Or give your Palm a gentle shower. Always clean the bottom of the foliage in addition to the top.

As a note, never apply anything to your plants leaves if the soil is dry. Always move it out of any direct sun until foliage has dried.

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