Bloomscape | The Sill
We are at the very beginning of what I call ~the gray months~. Ya know, the time between December and March when just about everything outside turns some sad shade of gray, making you feel bleh inside and out. It can be an especially rough time for my fellow summer lovers (RIP 8 pm sunsets) who spend most of the winter daydreaming of beachy vacays and being able to show off fresh pedis in strappy sandals. A slushy, not-so-wonderful winter wonderland may be just a few short steps from your doorstep, but you can still have some tropical oasis vibes in your life—and specifically in your home. How, you say? I’m glad you asked. All you need to do is bring in a palm plant. They’re pretty, they’re practical, and TBH, they’re way cheaper than a flight to Tulum.
Admittedly you might be a little bit hesitant about becoming a plant parent. Trust me, I get it. I’ve managed to kill a succulent or two in my time. But most palm plants are relatively low maintenance. So says Diana Cox, a plant enthusiast-turned-expert and the founder of The Gardening Talk, a website dedicated to all things green and leafy. She promises that palm plants are a great option for beginners, or those who can be a tad forgetful when it comes to watering (whoops!).
Knowing which indoor palm plant is best for your experience level, space, and environment can def be a bit overwhelming, I know. So does Sarah Barnard, a WELL and LEED accredited designer and certified California naturalist, who says, “With so many species of palm trees available, it’s important to research your specific variety to ensure you are well-prepared for success.” Luckily, Barnard and a few other savvy plant experts are giving you allll their inside tips and recommendations to help you on your journey toward palm plant parenthood. Can I get two big green thumbs up?! TYSM! Now keep on scrolling for all the leafy goodness.
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European Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
Tropical Plants of Florida European Fan Palm
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Rooted Ponytail Palm
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
The Sill Parlor Palm
Cascade (or Cat) Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
Costa Farms Cat Palm 3-Foot
Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona chinensis)
Bloomscape Chinese Fan Palm
Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)
Majesty Palm Floor Plant
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Bloomscape Bamboo Palm
Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
Plants to Porch Kentia Palm Tree
Tips for Caring for Your Indoor Palm Plant
- Fight rot. Palm plants are notorious for root rot, says Cox, so be sure to opt for a loose, porous soil mixture (Cox recommends cactus or palm soil) to help your green friend avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.
- Be mindful of color. Just like your face turns a shade of red after drinking one too many martinis, the color of your palm’s fronds is a direct indication of its health. “When a palm’s fronds turn brown, it often has to do with too infrequent watering, the water quality, providing too much fertilizer, or due to cold weather,” says Pangborn. “When the fronds begin to yellow, this is often due to a lack of ideal lighting, too frequent watering, or when there is an insect infestation.”
- Consider placement. Be mindful of where you place your new plant bb. Avoid sitting your plant next to heat sources like your furnace. In addition to intense heat, Barnard suggests keeping your palms away from air conditioning. Plants get cold too, ya know!
- Pick the perfect pot. Just like you with your clingy ex, happy, healthy palm plants also need room to breathe. Barnard suggests choosing a planter large enough to ensure the roots have space to grow, which will increase your palm’s longevity. Also, consider planting in a ceramic or terracotta pot, which both have porous textures that allow for drainage and breathability.
Sarah Barnard, WELL AP + LEED AP, is a certified California naturalist and a leading designer of personalized, sustainable spaces that support mental, physical, and emotional well-being. She creates highly personalized, restorative spaces that are deeply connected to art and the preservation of the environment.
Diana Cox is a gardener, plant lover, and mother of two who took her passion for plants online as the founder of The Gardening Talk. Diana shares her knowledge by teaching gardening classes and introducing others to the joys of plant care through her blog.
Lindsay Pangborn is the Director of Brand Marketing for the modern e-commerce greenhouse, Bloomscape. She has 15 years of green industry experience that has included public gardens, greenhouse growing, landscape maintenance and design, and marketing for an international plant breeder. Lindsay received a horticulture degree from Ohio State University.
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