Palm plants are ideal houseplants because they grow very slowly and thrive in low light and cramped spaces. They are also an excellent air purifier.
Indoor Palms can suffer from too much or too little light. Symptoms of too much direct sunlight include gray or brown-colored scorched leaves and leaves that shrivel and die. Most indoor Palms require natural bright light all year, so if you place the Palm near an east-facing or south-facing window with filtered light, it should get enough natural light.
Proper watering is important to the health of an indoor Palm. If a Palm doesn't get enough water, it can suffer from dried leaves and brown leaf tips and margins. Palms need to be kept moist, but you should never allow them to dry out or sit in water. You can allow the soil of the palm to dry out slightly below the surface between waterings during active growth and allow the soil to become dry out a little deeper between waterings in winter. When you do water, pour water until it comes out the drainage tray. Empty the tray immediately.
The ideal temperature is between 60°-70° F during the day and about 60° F at night. In winter, the plants can withstand cooler temperature of 55° to 60° F. Palms that are kept too cool show signs of cold injury, which includes brownish-red areas on the leaves. To prevent chilling injury, keep plants in a room with a temperature above 45° F and away from drafty areas, such as near air-conditioning units, windows and doors.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
This is likely due to improper light. Palm plants adapt well in low light areas, however if a Palm is in an area that is too dark, leaves will start to turn yellow and growth will stop. Find an area in your home where your Palm will receive medium natural light.
Why are the tips of my leaves turning brown?
This may be due to either over or under watering. If the top level of soil is moist or wet to the touch, you should not water your plant. If the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry then it is time to water your plant again! Maintaining a consistent watering schedule will keep your Palm happy.
What soil is best for a Palm plant ?
Most house plants benefit from well-draining soil and the Palm is no exception. Palm plants are native to the rainforest so they like it moist and humid. A soil that does not drain well can lead to root rot.