How to care for your indoor palm - tips and tricks

How to care for your indoor palm - tips and tricks

Plant and repot indoor palms

It is best to repot a freshly bought indoor palm immediately, because usually the pots on the market are too small and the roots do not have enough space in them. Later it is sufficient to repot this houseplant about every three to four years.

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Always choose the size of the new pot so that the roots have enough space in them to be able to grow. The smaller the pot, the slower or less your indoor palm will grow. Press the new soil well and water your palm extensively.

Water and fertilize indoor palms

Most indoor palms are quite thirsty and need regular water. Many of them are tropical or subtropical plants and prefer high humidity. If the air is too dry, such as the heating air in winter, then your indoor palm becomes susceptible to diseases or pests.

Water your indoor palm at the latest when the top soil layer has dried slightly. Make sure you avoid waterlogging, as this could rot the roots of your indoor palm. Over time you will get a feel for the right amount of water. It only needs fertilizer during the growth phase. For most species, a normal slow release fertilizer is sufficient.

Cut indoor palms

You should not cut any of the indoor palms. If you damage the point of vegetation that is in the middle of the crown, your palm will stop growing and may even die.

Only remove dried, brown leaves, but only when they are completely dry. Yucca plants are an exception; their trunks can be pruned and divided for propagation.

Indoor palms in winter

Some species of the indoor palm are more or less frost hardy, others hardly tolerate temperatures below 10 ° C to 12 ° C. Robust indoor palms can spend the summer on the balcony or in the garden, but in autumn they should slowly move back into the house. Always get used to palm trees slowly, they cannot tolerate sudden changes in location or temperature.

The essentials in brief:

  • mostly relatively easy to care for
  • many varieties are very thirsty
  • high humidity
  • cutting is not necessary, possibly even harmful
  • Location: mostly light to slightly shady, mostly rather warm
  • not all varieties are hardy
  • usually slow growing


Before buying your indoor palm, find out exactly what care this indoor plant needs. There are palm trees that are good for beginners and those that are a little more complicated in their demands.

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