When I moved into my first apartment, my best friend gave me a gorgeous Cat Palm tree, in the prettiest little pot. It’s been more than twenty years since I first lived in that tiny apartment and that little Cat Palm in the blue pot is still holding on strong. I loved the tropical feel it gave my home then and I still love that same feel it gives me now! If you are dying to bring the beach inside, try one of these easy to grow indoor palm trees.
Indoor Palm Trees
Native to Southeastern Mexico, this plant loves it humid, damp, but not too sunny. It’s best to keep your Cat Palm in areas of bright but indirect sunlight. Once, I moved my Cat Palm into the bright sun only to discover that it’s leaves got completely scorched! Once mature, your plant can grow to reach 4-6 feet tall. It loves hearty drinks of water, so water it often!
However, this plant can be tricky for some people to grow especially if their home doesn’t get enough lighting. Luckily, there are many other types of indoor palm trees to choose from!
Parlor Palms can grow well in any home if the soil is kept moist with plenty of drainages. Like the Cat Palm, it likes bright and indirect sunlight. If the leaves of your Parlor Palm tree begin to turn yellow, it’s a sure-fire sign that your plant is getting too much light! Looking for something different? Check out the other kinds of indoor palm trees described below.
Kentia Palm likes conditions a little drier than any of the other previously mentioned palm trees. Water only once weekly, or just when the first few inches of soil become completely dry. Don’t let your Kentia Palm just sit in water, or it will soon die due to root rot and that is the most depressing way to see a plant go! This indoor palm tree is known for being a slow grower, but can get to be 60 feet tall if you let it!
Sago Palm will only grow well in your house if it is placed in an area of extremely bright light. It is a palm tree, after all! Sago Palms like the bright light, but they don’t need much water to compensate for it. Allow the soil of your Sago Palm to dry out completely between waterings, and make sure the soil is well drained! Sago Palms are poisonous to cats and dogs, so make sure you keep that in mind!
Also known by the name “Christmas Palm” the Manilla Palm is another one of those indoor palm trees that loves bright, direct light, but doesn’t love a ton of water! Make sure you place your Manilla Palm in an area of full sun if you want your plant to thrive. Only water when the first few inches are dry to the tip of your finger.
Another indoor palm that is native to Mexico and can get to be an impressive 6 to 18 feet tall. The Ponytail loves to grow in winter heat, with no humidity. This plant is native to the desert and it’s used to hot, dry heat. Again, only water your Ponytail Palm when the first few inches feel dry to the touch, or you will run the risk of root rot.
Don’t forget to check out my post on how to correctly pot indoor plants!