Palm

Botanical Name: Arecaceae

 

Common Name: Palm tree, parlor palm

 

Mature Size: Slow-growing, but palms can reach heights up to 15 feet tall indoors

 

Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light. Will not survive (or thrive) without natural light. 

 

Soil Type: Palms thrive in sandy growing environments. Pot in a sandy potting soil that drains well.

 

Water: Water when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Err on the side of slightly too dry rather than over-watering- keep moist, not wet.

 

Temperature: Prefers room temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees but may die with extreme temperatures. 

 

Potting/Repotting: Palms are relatively slow-growing, but repot when necessary (about once a year) by stepping up a size in pot. Root systems tend to be weak, so be careful when repotting. 

 

Fertilizer: Not necessarily needed, but any plant can benefit with light feeding.Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer once or twice during the spring/summer. Not needed during the winter months. 

 

Propagation: May be successful with propagating through separation, but it may just be easier to buy a new plant!

 

Toxicity: Some species of palms are toxic- so play it safe and avoid areas where children and pets can easily access. 

 

Fact: With over 2500 varieties, not all palms are considered “trees” but take a more shrub like form. The tallest documented palm is approximately 200 feet tall!