Indoor palm trees: care | Gardening enabled

The chamaedorea is an indoor palm

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What is the care of indoor palm trees? These are plants that are widely used to decorate homes, but in order for them to look good, it is important that they are well cared for.

Therefore, below we will tell you how to water them, when to change their pot, and much more so that in this way you can show off your palm trees.


Where to plant indoor palm trees?

Dypsis lutescens palm is inside

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The first thing we need to do when we get home with our palm trees is find the best place to put them. East you must meet these conditions if we want them to feel comfortable:

  • be very clear
  • there should be no drafts (fans, radiators, air conditioning)
  • be wide enough so that its leaves do not rub against anything

For example, a good place might be the living room, next to a window through which light enters. Likewise, and although it is frequently used as a decorative element, never plant or introduce a palm in a pot that does not have holes in its base. These pots are nice, but because the water collects inside it causes the roots to stay waterlogged, which they don’t like at all.

What pot and substrate do they need?

We said that pots without holes are not suitable for palm trees, but so… which ones are? So that they can continue to grow, they need one that is about 7 to 10 centimeters taller from one that measures the one it has right now, and of course has drainage holes. The material with which it is made is indifferent: both in one plastic, and in another clay, the plant can be thin.

And as a substrate, we will put one for green plants, like that of the Flower or Westland brands for example. Since its main attraction is its leaves, we want them to be green, which is why this substrate is ideal for palm trees, as it contains specific nutrients for leaf production.

How often should you transplant them?

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How to transplant indoor palm trees

The potty change This will be done when the roots come out, or when they are already seen growing very close to the drainage holes.. They must be transplanted with care, in the spring, trying not to manipulate their root system too much.

When and how to water indoor palm trees?

The palms that are kept indoors are, in most cases, tropical or subtropical. This means that they are plants that live in places where the climate is warm but not extreme, and it usually rains quite frequently. When they are cultivated, care must be taken that they lack nothing, but So that problems do not arise, we need to water only when necessary.; that is, although in its natural habitat it rains, for example, every day, if we watered it daily, we would end up losing it.

For it, check soil moisture before watering, something that can be done by inserting a thin stick at the bottom, and if when you take it out it comes out with little or no soil, that means it’s dry and therefore needs to be watered. Another thing that can be done is to take the pot: when it has not been watered for several days the soil weighs little, but when it becomes wet again it weighs much more, so this difference in weight can serve as a guide. guide to know when to hydrate our palm trees.

The time has come, we will pour the water on the ground. Likewise, you must continue to water until the water comes out of the drainage holes of the pot, because that way we will know that the watering has been done correctly. But, in general, they should be hydrated twice a week in summer, and every 6 or 8 days the rest of the year. Also, if we put a plate under them so as not to dirty the furniture, we will empty them later.

What relative humidity do they need?

Chamaedorea palms are easy to care for

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In addition to watering, it is important that they have the relative humidity they need. And it is that if it was low, the tips of the leaves would turn brown and later the whole leaf would dry out. Therefore, if it is less than 50%, they should be watered daily with good water, rain or suitable for consumption.

But beware: if you live on an island or in an area with very high humidity, you shouldn’t do thisbecause otherwise you would favor the appearance of fungi, which would damage the leaves.

When to pay for indoor palm trees?

You have to pay them while they grow; that’s to say, as long as the good weather persists and temperatures remain above 15°C. We will use a specific liquid fertilizer for palm trees or green plants, since in this way we will see its effects in a short time (normally in a few days).

We can use, for example, that of Flower or that of Compo, but if it is for palm trees, the mark is not something to which we have to pay too much attention. Of course, they must be fertilized as indicated on the product packaging, otherwise the roots will be burned.

Should they be pruned?

Palms are herbaceous plants (megaphorbs) that do not support pruning. For it, just remove completely dry or brown leaves with scissors that we will have previously cleaned with a little water or, if you prefer, with a damp cloth. This can be done whenever needed.

The Kentia is a palm that lives well indoors.

We hope you find these tips on caring for indoor palm trees helpful.

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