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5 Indoor Palm Plants You Need in Your Home

Palms are beautiful plants to have in your home; even better, there are so many different ones to choose from! These plants are low maintenance and bring a wonderful tropical feel to any indoor space. Well-placed palms bring architectural structure to any room, providing intimacy to small areas and grandeur to larger ones. Learn about a variety of must-haves for your home.

Lady Palm

Sunny Lady Palm
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Native to Southeastern China and Vietnam, this particular palm has a long lifespan and adapts well to living indoors. The plant has fan palms with long-tipped leaves that have saw-toothed edges. They are quite majestic when showcased in large ornate pots.

They are highly adaptable and thrive in bright, indirect light, so placing them near a window is perfect! Interestingly, the palm also adapts to low-lit areas.

Their active growing stage is in spring and early summer. These palms should be somewhat dry before you give them a generous watering. They will grow from 6 to 15 feet in height and the same for their spread. 

It’s also an air-purifying plant and will help rid toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and carbon dioxide.

Note: Lady palms are prone to mealybugs and spider mites. If you find yourself with an infestation, wipe the leaves with soapy water to get rid of these critters.

Areca Palm

Small Areca Palm in a Pot
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Native to Madagascar, this little beauty doesn’t take up too much space measuring 8 feet indoors. The leaves curl upwards and resemble a butterfly which, coincidentally, is how it got one of its common names: butterfly palm.

It will clean your air and act like a humidifier, so why not add it to your indoor collection? It’s an excellent plant for allergy sufferers because it removes air pollutants.

Arecas are humidity tolerant and prefer slightly acidic soil. They thrive in bright filtered light but can grow in low-light conditions. Choose a well-draining soil and accent your palm with a warm and colorful pot to remind you of sunnier days ahead.

Queen Palm

Indoor Cafe Quen Palm
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These majestic palms with bright green leaves are tall and slender. Native to Brazil and Argentina, their fronds cascade over like sheltering umbrellas. They are popular indoor plants but require sufficient space to grow as they can reach up to 39 feet in height and between 13 to 26 feet in spread. It is a single-stemmed palm with a sturdy and rigid trunk. And the fronds can grow as long as 16 feet!

The plant is sensitive to cold, so keep away from drafty places in your home. Water well and remember to give it nutrients with a nitrogen fertilizer.

Note: The queen palm is the only one on this list that isn’t safe for your furry friends; they might get an upset stomach if they eat it, though its fruits are safe for dogs.

Bamboo Palm

Wide Bamboo Palm
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This palm can reach 7 feet in height and is perfect for an indoor environment with limited space as it has a narrow growth habit. It has slender stems with small nodes that look like bamboo. They have pinnate leaves and are popular palms for their exotic look.

The plant tolerates low-light conditions and is humidity tolerant. It likes partial shade and is good in areas that don’t receive much light. Choose a pot that drains well. They are okay with some neglect and are hard to kill.

Bamboo palms are air purifiers against toxic pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm and Frames
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Native to Australia, the Kentia palm, also known as the date or coconut palm, is low-maintenance. It needs bright light, but not direct sun. However, it can also tolerate low-light conditions. The fronds are dark green and can grow up to 5 feet in length. This palm has an upright structure.

Kentia palms prefer well-draining, loam-based soil. Using a liquid fertilizer monthly will help your palm flourish. Finally, your indoor space should be moderately humid during the growing season. This palm cultivates well in greenhouses and conservatories, but you can also successfully grow kentia in your home with the right space and conditions.

Palms Down the Best Indoor Plants

There are a variety of palms available. Whether you’re looking to spice up your living space or dream about being in the tropics under a shady palm, these plants are definitely for you.

Will you add one of these indoor palms to make your home greener and lusher? If you have any tips or tricks to share, please share them in the comment field.

Happy tropical palming!

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