How to Choose the Right Palm Plant for Your Home

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No home is complete without a little green. Indoor plants can reduce stress, beautify your living space, and give life to your home.

A palm plant is a great place to start if you’ve don’t have a green thumb. They are easy to care for and often hard to kill, so palms are a win-win for plant newbies. 

Keep reading to learn about the different types so you can choose the best indoor palm plants for your home. 

Parlor Palm

Sunlight: Medium to bright indirect light

Water: Once every 1-2 weeks

Humidity: Normal to high

Size: 4 – 6 feet

Parlor palms come from the same family as coconut and date trees. These lovely lush plants can transform your home into a tropical paradise.

They are easygoing plants that can tolerate low-light areas. They thrive in rooms that provide medium to bright indirect light, though. Keep them away from windows and areas that get can drafty. 

Overwatering is a sure-fire way to kill your parlor palm. Be sure to use high-quality potting soil for optimal growth.

Fishtail Palm

Sunlight: Bright, indirect sunlight

Water: Do not let the soil dry out completely

Humidity: High humidity

Size: 6 feet

Fishtail palms are a beautiful plant with fronds that look like fishtails (hence the name). You may have seen them used in interiorscapes such as atriums. 

Fishtail palms can be difficult to grow and keep alive. They need a lot of bright but indirect light and need wetter air than most households can give. They tend to be slow growers so a dying fishtail palm will still look nice for some time.

A healthy plant will outgrow an indoor living space anyway.

Fishtail palms can be toxic, so plant with care if you have children or pets. 

Chinese Fan Palm

Sunlight: Bright indirect light

Water: When the top of the soil is dry

Humidity: Moderate

Size: 15 feet

The Chinese fan palm is a popular plant in outdoor landscaping in warm and humid climates. It can thrive as an indoor potted palm in the right conditions, however. Younger plants can tolerate slighter shadier locations. 

These plants are slow-growing and have a bushier appearance when they’re young. After ten years or so, their trunk can grow tall enough to be technically considered a tree.

Yucca Palm

Sunlight: Bright indirect light

Water: Once a week during the growing season

Humidity: Moderate

Size: Varies by variety

Yucca Palms are one of the best indoor palm plants for brown thumbs. The plant will do better with a bit of neglect than too much attention. That is to say, your yucca plant will still survive if you forget to water it for weeks.

Yucca palms have thick trunks and green foliage. Bright sunlight can discolor the leaves, so choose an area with partial shade or bright and indirect light. Plant your yucca in well-draining soil and only water it when it is bone dry.

As far as palm plant care goes, the Yucca is among the easiest.

Pick the Perfect Palm Plant

We hope our blog has made choosing a palm plant a bit easier. All you need to do now is make space in your home with bright and indirect light for your new palm to call home.

Keep reading our blogs for more helpful gardening tips

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