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Palm Plant - Areca Palm or Butterfly Palm

Palm Plant - Areca
Butterfly Palm

Palms are popular indoor plants and they can bring a touch of the tropics to any interior decor, adding a lush, green feel to any room. Bamboo Palms, Neanthe Bella and Areca Palms are some of the common indoor palms.

One of the easiest palms to keep indoors is the Rhapis excelsa or Lady Palm. Rhapis palm plant is tolerant of low light but does its best in bright light with some morning sun. It is less prone to insect problems than many of the other palms.

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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, palm plants are easy to care for once they have acclimated to the home environment and should make a beautiful addition to your indoor plant 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.

Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea

Bamboo Palm

Bright, filtered light is best for most palm plants but the Kentia Palm, Neanthe Bella palm can usually be maintained in lower light situations. The Rhapis Palm is also an option for lower light. Please remember that all plants require light to produce food and to grow.

Placing your indoor palm plants in the best lighting you have available is recommended. Low light levels mean reduced foliage and a thinner, less healthy plant overall. Low light levels will also mean watering less frequently for any plant. Indoor palm plants should tolerate some early morning sun but avoid hot afternoon sun.

Plant Care - How to Water Indoor 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 1/4 the depth of the grow pot. Remove excess standing water. Read more about watering and lighting for important care information.

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. We call this "double potting" and it makes it easier to remove excess water. It is also more convenient for changing the style of the decorative pot or just moving the plant to the bath or porch for a shower!

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.

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Just don't make the mistake of assuming that if your palm plant 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.

When caring for your indoor palm plant, watch for insect problems. Palms of all types are susceptible to insects, especially spider mites. There are many different palm plants 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.

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 plant a gentle shower. Always clean the bottom of the foliage in addition to the top.

Chinese Fan Palm Plant

Chinese Fan
Palm Fronds

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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