Do you have and indoor garden? Then you need to consider adding Palm trees to your collection. They are simply a very distinctive wonderful indoor house plant. You can find them adorning public spaces and foyers, adding brilliant elegance to the whole decor.
Please do not make the mistake of thinking of palm trees as just tropical plants, that you can give lots of water and plenty sunlight. You be mistaken if this is your characterization, because palm trees have over a thousand species and each has peculiar behavior patterns. While some variety might like plenty of water, but the desert palm will drown with too much water. Still some do prefer shade, with moist soil and very little direct sun light.
Just like all plants, palms need the proper balance of light, moisture, fertilizer and warmth to thrive indoors. Certainly, this will vary among the various kinds of palm trees. I will give you some of the unique fundamentals that pertain to this lovely plant.
Most palm trees hate the cold, and some like the coconut palm will die when exposed to cold weather. The few that will thrive in some cold temperature make the best indoor palm trees. The parlor and Kentia palms actually can stand cool temperatures of up to 47 degrees.
A lot of palms are much more tolerant of shade than you might think. The parlor and kentia palms prefer partial shade and will suffer in direct sun. You should only replant when the palm is completely pot bound. They are known to have shallow root systems, and they dislike being disturbed. Use well draining pots and try not to over water them. In fact, a lot of palms grow best in slightly sandy soil with perfect drainage. Refrain from letting a palm’s root ball sit in water.
It is better to use palm fertilizer regularly during the growing season. Make sure to feed your palm regularly during the growing season. The palm fertilizer will help contain potassium deficiency which is especially common in palms. The deficiency sign shows up in yellowing or brownish fronds.
It is best to use caution when trimming your palm trees. Many species of palms draw nutrients from old fronds long after they’ve begun to yellow or even brown. It will be a grave mistake to over prune palm trees, because it weakens the overall plant and robs it of valuable nutrients.
Now, let us consider the issue of size. It is no secret that indoor palm trees can grow as tall as you allow them. The growth is usually determined by the pot size. So if you are happy with your indoor palm size then do not re pot. Not re potting will slow the rate of growth.
All you need is pay attention and take good care of your palm plant and you will have fronds brushing your ceiling after a few years.