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The best tips for caring for an indoor palm tree

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The best tips for caring for an indoor palm tree

Indoor palms are beautiful plants that add a touch of the tropics to any interior. Whether you are an experienced plant lover or new to taking care of plants, the tips below may help you keep your palm tree healthy and beautiful.

#1: Watering

One of the most important aspects of taking care of an indoor palm, is the amount of water provided. Generally, indoor palms need an average amount of water. Ensure that you water evenly all around the palm, but avoid drenching the soil. Wait with watering until the top layer has dried up. It is generally better to provide less water than too much. Too much water will cause root rot and is significantly harder to treat than providing too little water.

#2: Too much light

Indoor palms require less light to grow and generally prefer filtered, bright light. Most indoor palms prefer a spot close to a window that allows sufficient daylight. It is best to avoid direct sunlight for most indoor palms, as that may cause sunburn. If you cannot provide enough daylight to a play, artificial light may offer a solution. Examples of plants that need less light are, the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) and the lady palm (Rhapis excelsa). These can grow in low-light environments.

#3: Normal indoor temperatures

Indoor palms prefer average indoor temperatures (around 19-20 degrees Celsius). Avoid large variations in temperature and avoid placing plants in drafts when possible. Failure to do so may cause brown leaves for the palm tree.

#4: Fertilisation

To keep your indoor palm healthy, regular fertilisation is recommended. Use a fertilizer that is specially developed for indoor palm trees, and follow the instructions on the fertilizer. Do not overfertilize your plant, as that may cause damage to the roots or cause the growth of the plant to become unbalanced.

#5: Cleaning

Dust can build up on top of the leaves on an indoor palm and can slow down the growth of your indoor palm. Clean the leaves of your palm regularly. That helps prevent pests and diseases as well.

#6: Pruning

If your indoor palm grows too large, you can prune it to keep it in shape. Cut off dead or damaged leaves and branches with a sharp and clean pruning shears. If your plant outgrows its pot, you will have to repot it. Choose a pot that is approximately 20-30% larger than the previous pot, and ensure that the new pot has drainage holes at the bottom.


Indoor palm trees are beautiful plants that add a touch of green and tropics to any interior. By taking good care of your indoor palm tree with the right amount of water, light, temperature and fertilizer, you can keep your plant healthy and beautiful. Do not forget to occasionally clean your plant and to prune and/or repot the plant when necessary.

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  MyPalmShop     15-11-2023 09:11