Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care, and photos

The leaves of the palm trees are really decorative, both for their green tones and for their wider or thinner shapes but always elongated or even elongated but united to form a more rounded palm or leaf.

If you want to decorate your home with a striking plant that looks empty spaces without much care, at EcologíaVerde, we are going to tell you which are the indoor palm trees that can serve you. In addition, we have included more information on how to take care of indoor palm trees, where you will see basic tips such as what fertilizer for indoor palms you should use to start growing them at home. 

Chamaedorea elegans or camadorea

We begin our list of one of the most popular and used species for interior decoration . The room palm ( Chamaedorea elegans ) has light green bifid leaves that can tend to greyish, very similar to that of bamboo leaves. Although they do not usually grow beyond 3 meters in height, it is advisable to take this into account when deciding on this type of indoor palm tree. Its cultivation in a pot is very simple, you will only have to place it in a place where it receives indirect sunlight and give it regularly.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Chamaedorea elegans or camadorea

Phoenix roebelenii or dwarf palm

Another of the indoor ornamental palm trees is also known as the dwarf palm ( Phoenix roebelenii ), although it can grow to almost 5 meters high when planted in the ground and in a wide area.

Normally, this type of palm tree will grow about 2 meters maximum and will need to be placed in a well-lit place and receive 2 doses of watering a week. This well-known palm tree does not tolerate waterlogging well, so you must be careful and make sure that the container where you grow it has good drainage.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Phoenix roebelenii or dwarf palm

Dypsis lutescens or areca

One of the types of multicaule indoor palm trees or one that is capable of dividing into several stems. Its height is usually about 3 meters maximum, but specimens are known to have reached up to 6 meters. As with the previous species, also known as the bamboo palm, it needs to be in a well-lit place, but away from drafts. As for the irrigation for the areca palm or ( Dypsis lutescens ) , you will only have to give at most 2 times a week and 3 times if the summer has started.

Archontophoenix alexandrae or Alejandra palm tree

There is a variety of Alejandra palm ( Archontophoenix alexandrae ) that can be grown in a pot. This palm native to Australia has greenish pinnate leaves on the upper surface and glaucous on the underside. It is one of the most valued indoor decorative palms for its inflorescences and for its reddish fruits. It needs several doses of irrigation per week since it does not tolerate drought well. Similarly, it is also important to make sure we have it in a well-drained container and place it in a semi-shady place.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Archontophoenix alexandrae or Alejandra palm

Howea forsteriana or Kentia

Although the kentia ( Howea forsteriana ) is a palm capable of reaching 15 meters in height, it can also be grown in a pot since its stem does not usually exceed 15 centimeters in thickness. It is a slow growing species that needs to be placed in a place where it receives sunlight for at least a few hours a day. Of course, remember that if you leave it exposed for a long time it could lose the color of its leaves and suffer burns on them. Water it 1-2 times a week.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Howea forsteriana or kentia

Adonidia merrillii or Christmas palm tree

Its common name, Christmas palm ( Adonidia merrillii ) , is given by its red fruits that appear just during the Christmas holidays. Able to grow up to 5 meters and with a stem of about 25cm thick, this slow-growing indoor palm requires little care to grow optimally throughout the year: water it moderately and place it in a place where it does not receive sunlight from direct way.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Adonidia merrillii or Christmas palm

Caryota mitis or fishtail palm

Coming from Southeast Asia, it is one of the most used indoor small palm trees to decorate spaces and give our home an exotic touch due to its curious dark green and shiny leaves. The potted fishtail palm ( Caryota mitis ) does not usually exceed 2 meters in height. It also does not withstand frost well, so we recommend that you place it in a humid place and where it receives direct sunlight.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Caryota mitis or fishtail palm

Licuala grandis or totuma

The indoor palm tree commonly known as totuma and scientifically as Licuala grandis , is also slow growing, does not usually exceed 3 meters in height and has a stem no more than 6 centimeters thick. We recommend that you place it in a bright and spacious place, as well as give it away at least 2 times a week and increase the dose during the summer months.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Licuala grandis or totuma

Raphis excelsa or Chinese palmerita

Another of the resistant multi-stemmed or multi-stemmed indoor palm species . The maximum height of the Chinese palm tree ( Raphis excelsa ) is usually about 5 meters, it has webbed leaves and it prefers to be in a well-lit place. You just need to make sure to grow it in a well-draining container and give it away at least 2 times a week.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Raphis excelsa or Chinese palm

Cocos nucifera or coconut tree

We finish our list with the palm tree known as coconut ( Cocos nucifera ) , perfect for creating a tropical atmosphere in our home thanks to the shape and color of its leaves. The coconut tree needs to be located in a corner where it receives direct sunlight and a dose of irrigation a week, except in the summer months where you must increase it.

Indoor palm trees: names, characteristics, care and photos - Cocos nucifera or coconut tree

Indoor palm tree care

After knowing these types of indoor palm trees and their names , we recommend you learn a little about how to care for indoor palm trees :

  • Lighting: in general we can say that indoor palm trees need to receive sunlight at least during a few hours of the day. Therefore, we advise you to always place it near a window.
  • Irrigation: you will only need to water them at least once a week and use, if possible, water without lime. The best way is to place a plate of water under the pot for at least 10 minutes.
  • Subscriber: we recommend that you fertilize your indoor palms once the growing season begins. This usually includes the months from spring to autumn. Always use natural fertilizers.
  • Transplant: You must perform a transplant every spring. To do this, use a container at least 4 centimeters wider than the previous one and plant it in a mixture of universal substrate mixed with perlite. Remember that the pot must have good drainage to avoid puddles.

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