How to Care for Palm Houseplants
Palm plants are one of the great plants that you should definitely keep in your home. Its green colors and how they look is really perfect especially during the summertime for they will surely give your house a tropical vibe.
The plant’s name is Arecaceae which is also where the palm plants family belong to and the kingdom that they are in is Plantae. Indoors, these plant can grow up to 3ft tall but when grown outdoors, and is in the right climate, they can reach up to 20ft in height.
Most palm plants are native to tropical and subtropical climates. They mostly survive in moist and hot areas. Their highest diversity is located in South America, the Caribbean, and some areas of South Pacific, and even southern Asia.
Palm plants are naturally beautiful plants because of their foliage. The plant's leaves that has a feather-like appearance definitely make them head-turners that can brighten up any space in your home. Aside from this, the Palm plant is also easy to take care of which makes them even better to keep in your home.
To share with you how easy it is to take care of your palm plant.
1. For Sunlight
Palms do not like direct sunlight. They are happiest with year-round indirect bright light. They can grow in medium indirect light, but it is important it is consistent.
Palms like to be kept damp. They do not like being very dry, so never let them dry completely. We recommend watering them once the topsoil is dry from your last watering. In the summer months, this is much more often than in the winter. When you do water them generously until water starts coming out from the drainage hole.
Palms seem to be happiest in temps between 60-75F. They can grow outside this range but may show signs of harm if exposed for too long.
The best soil for palm plants is a loose porous soil mixture, you can also get a soil mixture especially made for palm plants but just so you know, they can grow fine in a general commercial-based potting soil. You can also add some peat moss or vermiculite into your plant’s soil to keep the moisture if you are one of those forgetful fellas that forget to water their plants.
Regular feeding is needed by your palm plants. Make sure that they are given fertilizers during their growing season and also make sure that what you give them is the fertilizer that is made specifically for them. This will ensure the healthy growth of your palm plants. Make sure that these fertilizers contain extra potassium and manganese, palm plants that lack potassium causes them to turn brown or yellow.
The best time to repot a palm is when they are pot bound. These plants have shallow roots and they do not want their roots frequently disturbed. You can leave the palm plant in their own pot as this will slow down their growth which may lead to less frequent repotting.
In propagating most palm plants, the best way to do this is always by planting a seed. Cuttings do not usually work well for them, but there are certain pal, plants that you can definitely propagate by transplanting the main plant’s pups.
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