8 Types of Palm Houseplants to Bring Life Into Your Home

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There are many different types of palm houseplants, so how do you know which one to get? A big part of what makes a great houseplant is if you like the way it looks. Since many palm houseplants provide the same health benefits, it is mostly up to your personal preference. 

A soothing aspect of palm houseplants is that they give off that relaxing tropical feeling when you see them. Palm houseplants are like you and I. They like warm temperatures, normal humidity, and indirect daylight. This makes them great companions in your home. We are going to go over the different types of palm houseplants that will bring a touch of nature to your space.

Parlor Palm

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The parlor palm could very well be the easiest palm houseplant to grow indoors. Even the name suggests this is exactly where it should be. You need to make sure it gets average indoor light. However, you can also give it some artificial light if you want one in your home but are not able to get it the adequate natural light it needs. 

It enjoys the average household temperature that you have your thermostat set on, so no need to go and build a greenhouse. The parlor palm is a low-maintenance houseplant, meaning you will never have to prune it. The only maintenance you need to do, besides watering it, is taking off the old and dried out leaves occasionally. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the parlor palm likes humidity. If your house has below-average moisture because of your climate, you should get a humidifier and place it next to your parlor palm so it can get the humidity it needs. Otherwise, it will still grow, but you may attract spider mites.

With a parlor palm houseplant, you will eventually see it grow to become three feet in height and even higher. This growth will take a few years, so no need to worry about not having enough space for this one. Once they have grown a bit, they will even produce small flowers, which are a beautiful sight to see.

Chinese Fan Palm

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The Chinese fan palm has a look that separates it from many other palm houseplants. This look is thanks to its star-shaped leaves. If you want your palm houseplant to grow slowly, this one grows at a snail's pace. However, it does become quite tall when it matures, reaching 15 feet or even more. If you love the way this one looks, but are concerned about the height it can become, get the dwarf version. 

This palm houseplant loves plenty of light, especially when it gets older. If you have a younger version of this plant, it will be able to tolerate shade and low levels of light. You will have to water it once the first inch or so of the soil starts to feel dry, which is a standard way of knowing when to water most plants in general.

The Chinese fan palm has a long taproot, so be sure to place it in a large pot. To keep it growing and looking lush, give it a time-released fertilizer just once a year. You will be able to enjoy the serenity this fan palm provides for years to come.

Majestic Palm

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If you want something you can keep around for decades before it gets tall, you will love the majestic palm. Outdoors in its natural habitat, it can reach 80 feet! Although it will never grow to that size indoors, it will still need room eventually. The reason why it can still be considered a houseplant is that it grows slowly. 

You do not have to worry about it getting too tall anytime soon even if you have normal-sized ceilings. They actually stay house-sized for quite a while. However, if you are planning to keep it around for a few decades, you will eventually have to figure out what to do with it.

The majestic palm does not mind shade, so you do not have to worry about it getting enough light to grow. This palm houseplant actually prefers shade, a departure from the preferences of most types of palm houseplants.

The one area where this palm houseplant requires extra attention is the humidity level. It requires plenty of moisture, so it is best suited to be in an area like the kitchen or bathroom. Otherwise, you will need to be running a humidifier 24/7. If you can provide the majestic palm this vital requirement, it will liven up your house in a way that will make it worth the effort.

Cascade Palm

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If you are looking for a palm houseplant that is more like a bush than a tree, then you will love the cascade palm. Devoid of a central trunk, this palm houseplant has plenty of fronds that grow in a clump. Never exceeding four feet in height, this is a great houseplant to have when you are concerned about height.

The cascade palm is one of those palm houseplants which need plenty of water, so make sure you are prepared to water it often. Its native habitat is very wet, meaning you will need to mimic it as best as you can. Given that they are bushy, they usually grow underneath the shade of taller trees. This makes them prefer the shade, which makes it ideal for most areas of your house.

Bamboo Palm

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Known also by its formal name, Areca, this palm houseplant is one of the most popular types of palm houseplants out there. It is a type of cane palm, hence the bamboo name. It has soft fronds, which make it safe to have around whether you have children around or not. It stays small, never growing above eight feet, which is excellent if you are tight on space in your home.

When it comes to water, it thrives with a moderate amount. If you go away for vacation or forget to water it, you will still find it alive and well when you come back. This is because it can tolerate the occasional lack of watering.

You will need to plant it in fertile soil to keep it lively. It will be the lushest when you feed it fertilizer once a month. If you are looking for a palm houseplant that grows easily, then this is a great choice.

Yucca Palm

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Looking like a bunch of swords sticking out of the ground, the Yucca Palm is a unique palm houseplant. It is the less intimidating version of its razor-sharp cousin known as the Spanish Bayonet Palm. Although the indoor version of the Yucca Palm does have pointed tips, it is not sharp enough to cause you any harm. 

With a narrow and straight stem, the Yucca Palm is also nicknamed the "stick yucca" given the way it appears. It would look like a stick coming out of the ground if it were not for its long and plentiful leaves going in every direction. These leaves are tough and emerge directly out of the palm stem. 

This palm houseplant thrives in arid environments, meaning there is no need to water it often. It is drought-tolerant, so you can leave it alone while you go on vacation without it looking any different than before you left. It will need to get the right amount of sun, so place it somewhere where it can get plenty of it. 

If you take care of it well enough, you will be gifted edible flowers. The leaves are also edible and contain high amounts of vitamin C. However, we suggest keeping your houseplants off the menu. 

Ponytail Palm

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If you are really cramped for space in your home, yet still want to bring some relaxing palm life into your dwelling, the ponytail palm may be perfect for you. This palm houseplant stays short throughout its life. Like many palm houseplants, it has a thick and sturdy trunk. Its leaves are long and narrow, resembling hair. It is no surprise that it has "ponytail" in its name.

Thanks to its wide trunk, it can hold onto water for more extended periods of time. You will be able to go a long time in between watering it, given it is drought-resistant. Although you will not need to water it that often, you will need to keep it in a location where it will get plenty of light. 

When considering what kind of pot to place it in, you can go for a smaller pot. Even though it may look like it will be unable to survive in a small pot, its roots do not mind being confined to small spaces. This could actually be a benefit to you. If you are short on space, then having a smaller pot will ensure that the ponytail palm stays small for the duration of its life in that pot.

Sago Palm

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The sago palm looks a bit like palm leaves growing out of a pineapple. If you like a quirky look to your houseplants, you will love the sago palm. This palm houseplant features stuff fronds which grow upwards. This makes them look practically fake because of how perfect they appear. The fronds grow out of a short and wide trunk. 

The sago palm grows slowly, so you do not have to be concerned about it getting too large anytime soon. It thrives best when placed in an area that has lots of light, so consider putting it in a southern-facing window area.

When it comes to hydrating this palm houseplant, you only need to water it occasionally. If you give it too much water too often, it will start rotting. Infrequent watering of the sago palm mimics its natural climate, so make sure to do this if you want it to last for 15 years. Yes, that is as long as this palm houseplant grows, so if you do not wish to have a life-long commitment with a plant, this one is not for you.

Wrapping Up

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These are some of the best types of palm houseplants you can bring into your life and into your home. Depending on what kind of home you have, how much light you are getting, and what your lifestyle is like, you will be able to match those characteristics with a great palm houseplant. 

There are many different types to choose from, so which one you get is a matter of personal preference. Having a palm houseplant, or more, in your home will bring feelings of serenity and ease. You will also get all the health benefits that come with having houseplants in your home. Do yourself a favor and bring a palm houseplant into your home today.


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