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Palm Care

Palms are robust, low maintenance, and a classic addition to any plant collection. Though Palms are unmistakably tropical, their elegant fronds will complement any decor. Palms tend to grow slowly, so you don’t need to worry about them outgrowing their spot too quickly.

How to care for your Palm

Use these instructions to care for a Palm. This guide will tell you how to water a Palm; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Areca Palm

LIGHT

Your Areca Palm will appreciate bright indirect light as they can burn in too much sun. An east-facing window would be great for this palm. Areca Palms will not tolerate lower light environments well.

WATER

Water your Palm when the soil is about 50% dry. Palms do not like to sit in water, as this can lead to root rot. They can handle drying out occasionally, so don’t worry if you forget to water them once in a while.

HUMIDITY

Your Areca Palm appreciates added humidity. Make your Palm happy by misting them a couple of times a week, or adding a humidifier nearby. If the humidity drops too low, particularly during winter, fronds can start to crisp and die.

TEMPERATURE

Your Areca Palm does well in normal room temperatures between 60–80 degrees. They will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees, as colder temperatures may lead to leaf damage.

FOOD

Feed your Areca Palm once a month during spring and summer with a palm-specific houseplant fertilizer. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil, so that you don’t burn the roots.

TOXICITY

Your Areca palm is considered to be non-toxic.

ADDITIONAL CARE

You can prune your Areca Palm to maintain a certain size or shape. Pruning also encourages more branching, which will make your Palm look more full. The best time to prune is springtime when their growth naturally increases.

See also: Common Issues →

Bamboo Palm

LIGHT

Your Palm prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to medium to low light areas. Keep out of direct sunlight, as it will scorch the fronds. 

WATER

Water your Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your Palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. Your plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees but prefers room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

HUMIDITY

Your Bamboo Palm will thrive in average household humidity. However, it will appreciate added humidity through frequent misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby. 

FOOD

Fertilize your Palm once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Palm is non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Water using room temperature filtered water, if possible. This avoids salt buildup in the soil, which can lead to browning of your Palm’s fronds. If you don’t have a filtration system–no worries! You can flush the soil a few times a year if you start to notice salt buildup in the form of a white crust-like cover on the top of the soil. Do this by removing that top later of soil and slowly but generously watering your Palm with about four times your pot’s volume of water. Allow water to completely drain from the pot and empty the saucer of any excess water before placing your Palm back in its place.

See also: Common Issues →

Cat Palm

LIGHT

Your Cat Palm will adapt to a variety of light levels. It will grow faster in bright indirect light but it is not considered a fast-growing palm. Keep out of direct sunlight as it may scorch the fronds. 

WATER

Water your Cat Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until you see water flow freely into the saucer. Always make sure the saucer is free of any standing water.

HUMIDITY

Your Cat Palm will thrive in average humidity, but will appreciate added humidity through misting or using a humidifier or pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Cat Palm prefers average room temperatures between 65–80 degrees. Protect your Palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, and doors.

FOOD

Fertilize your Cat Palm once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Cat Palm is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Water your Cat Palm using room temperature filtered water to avoid high salt content in the soil, which may cause brown edges on the fronds of your Palm.

See also: Common Issues →

Chinese Fan Palm

LIGHT

Your Chinese Fan Palm will do best with bright indirect light. Getting too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves. It can tolerate medium light, but avoid low light situations, as its growth will slow.

WATER

Water your Chinese Fan Palm when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Never let them sit in water or soggy soil, as this will cause root rot.

HUMIDITY

Your Chinese Fan Palm will thrive in average household humidity, but will appreciate any added humidity you can give it. Make your palm happy by misting it a few times a week, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray to boost moisture.

TEMPERATURE

Your Chinese Fan Palm will do best in normal room temperatures between 65-85 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heating vents.

FOOD

Feed your Chinese Fan Palm every month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Chinese Fan Palm is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Chinese Fan Palm tends to grow towards the light. If you want to keep your palm looking its best, rotate it every month so that it will stay full and lush. Your Chinese Fan Palm has sharp barbs on the stems of its fronds. Use care when unboxing, moving, or repotting.

See also: Common Issues →

Coconut Palm

LIGHT

The Coconut Palm will do best next to a window where it can receive direct sunlight for at least 6-8 hours per day. It will not tolerate low light. It loves full sun outdoors, but will have to be acclimated first.

WATER

Water your Coconut Palm when the top 75% of soil is dry. Water thoroughly until liquid flows through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Always empty excess water from the saucer. You Coconut Palm will require more water during the summer.

HUMIDITY

Your Coconut Palm will appreciate added humidity from misting, a pebble tray, or a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your Palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant prefers warm temperatures between 70-90 degrees. This plant may go dormant in temperatures below 55-60 degrees.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Your Coconut Palm is non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Coconut Palm leaves are sensitive to injury and may get brown tips. Cutting back the tips of the leaves is a good way to preserve the appearance of the plant. The key is to use sharp scissors to cut off just the discolored parts.

See also: Common Issues →

Date Palm

LIGHT

Your Palm prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to medium to low light areas. Too much direct light can scorch the fronds.

WATER

Water your Date Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Feel free to stick your finger down into the soil to feel for moisture. Water the plant until you see water flow freely into the saucer. Always make sure the saucer is free of any standing water.

HUMIDITY

Your Date Palm will thrive in average humidity. However, it will appreciate added humidity through misting or using a humidifier or pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your Palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant can tolerate a low of 50 degrees but prefers normal room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

FOOD

Fertilize once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Palm is non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

It is best to water using room temperature filtered water to avoid high salt content in the soil of your Date Palm, which may cause brown edges on the fronds.

See also: Common Issues →

Fishtail Palm

LIGHT

Your Fishtail Palm will appreciate as much light as you can give it. This palm will enjoy the bright sunlight that comes from a south or west-facing window. They will not tolerate lower light situations well.

WATER

Water your Palm when the soil is about 50% dry. Palms do not like to sit in water, as this can lead to root rot. They can handle drying out occasionally, so don’t worry if you forget to water them once in a while.

HUMIDITY

Your Fishtail Palm appreciates added humidity. Make your Palm happy by misting them a couple of times a week, or adding a humidifier nearby. If the humidity drops too low, particularly during winter, leaves can start to crisp and die.

TEMPERATURE

Your Fishtail Palm does well in normal room temperatures between 60–80 degrees. They will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees, as colder temperatures may lead to leaf damage.

FOOD

Feed your Fishtail Palm once a month during spring and summer with a palm-specific houseplant fertilizer. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil, so that you don’t burn the roots.

TOXICITY

These palms are not toxic; however, their fruit is toxic. It is unlikely that they will produce fruit when grown indoors. If your Fishtail Palm ever produces fruit, be sure to keep it away from children and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

You can prune your Fishtail Palm to maintain a certain size or shape. Pruning also encourages more branching, which will make your Palm look more full. The best time to prune is springtime when their growth naturally increases.

See also: Common Issues →

Majesty Palm

LIGHT

Majesty Palms can adapt to low light levels but will be happiest in spot with bright indirect light. Avoid extended exposure to direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves.

WATER

Water your Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Majesty Palms do best in high humidity, but can grow well in basic household humidity. If you wish to provide your palm with additional moisture, mist the fronds weekly.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant can tolerate a low of 40 degrees, but prefers normal room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Quickly remove any fronds that turn brown or yellow. Doing so improves the look of your plant and allows a clean space and more energy for new leaf growth. The brown fronds do not necessarily indicate a problem if it is being watered properly. Like other palm trees, the fronds on your Majesty Palm will eventually turn brown and die.

See also: Common Issues →

Parlor Palm

LIGHT

Your Palm prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to medium to low light areas.

WATER

Water your Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Palm prefers a humid environment but can thrive in average household humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant can tolerate a low of 50 degrees, but prefers normal room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Palm will benefit from regular mistings a few times a week to boost growth and prevent insect infestations.

See also: Common Issues →

Rhapis Palm

LIGHT

Your Rhapis Palm prefers bright indirect light, but can easily adapt to low or medium indirect light. Do not place your plant in full sun as it can burn.

WATER

Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out, and then water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole. Never let your plant sit in water or soggy soil, as it can lead to root rot or leaf spot. If you allow your plant to dry out completely, you might see brown leaf edges.

HUMIDITY

Your Rhapis Palm will do well in average home humidity, but will appreciate added humidity from a humidifier, misting, or pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Rhapis prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees. It can tolerate temperatures down to 50 degrees, but for best results keep it warmer.

FOOD

Feed your Rhapis once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

TOXICITY

Your Rhapis Palm is considered to be non-toxic according to the ASPCA.

ADDITIONAL CARE

You might occasionally see brown tips on your plant’s leaves. The most common causes for this include drying out too much, extreme heat, or excess minerals in your tap water. If you see brown tips, try watering more often and using filtered or rainwater.

See also: Common Issues →

Adonidia Palm

LIGHT

Your Adonidia Palm will appreciate as much light as you can give it. It will appreciate the bright sunlight that comes from a south or west facing window, but will adjust to indirect light as well. Growth may be slowed if it receives lower light.

WATER

Water your Palm when the soil is about 50% dry. They do not like to sit in water, as this can lead to root rot. They can handle drying out occasionally, so don’t worry if you forget to water them once in a while.

HUMIDITY

Your Adonidia Palm will do well in average home humidity, but will appreciate added humidity. Make your Palm happy by misting them a couple times a week, or adding a humidifier nearby.

TEMPERATURE

Your Adonidia Palm does well in normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. They will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees, as this may lead to leaf damage. 

FOOD

Feed your Palm once a month during spring and summer with a palm-specific houseplant fertilizer. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil.

TOXICITY

Adonidia palm is non-toxic, according to the ASPCA.

ADDITIONAL CARE

As this plant matures, it will naturally shed older, browning fronds. It is beneficial to let the plant drop these fronds naturally, as dying fronds send nutrients back to new fronds.

See also: Common Issues →

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Bamboo Palm

With dense foliage and lush fronds, the Bamboo Palm makes a statement. An air-purifying plant adaptable to low light, this palm can reach heights of up to 8 feet tall in the right conditions.
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