14 Best Indoor Palm Plants to Add a Tropical Touch to Your Home

14 Best Indoor Palm Plants to Add a Tropical Touch to Your Home

Indoor palm plants can give your home a tropical feel, reminiscent of sandy beaches, sunny skies, and warm days. Potted palms also add a bold, exciting look to a room. Palm trees are relatively easy to grow as houseplants. Give them moderate light, moderate humidity, and consistent humidity, and they will live for years. Use this list of popular indoor palm plants to find the perfect plant to grow in your home.

Areca palm

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Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) It is a fast-growing indoor palm tree that tolerates low light. Areca palms have large, feathery fronds on gently arching stems. It can grow 6 to 10 inches per year in the right conditions — three or four hours of bright, indirect sunlight, consistent moisture, and well-drained soil — so it can outgrow its space within a few years. Indoors, areca palms usually reach 6 to 7 feet tall.

Fishtail palm

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fishtail palm (Cariota spp.) has fronds with wide, jagged edges in the shape of a fishtail, hence the name of the plant. These palms get large—up to 20 feet tall in a pot—so they need plenty of space. Once established, they grow up to two feet per year.

Limit your fishtail palm’s growth by leaving it slightly rootbound; It will grow to the size of its pot. Fishtail palms are more sensitive to humidity than other indoor palms, so keep them away from drafts. Place its container over a pebble tray filled with water or use a humidifier near the plant.

Fishtail palms are toxic to dogs and cats And people If it is ingested.

Parlor Palm

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Nakheel Salon (Chamidoria elegans) It has slender stems that grow in clumps and elegant feathery fronds. These and other palms in Chamidoria The species is the classic palm tree that appeared in Victorian parlors when houseplants first became popular in the latter half of the 19th century.

Palms are unpretentious plants, tolerating low light and moderate humidity, which is a large part of why they are such popular houseplants. It usually stays 3 to 4 feet tall when grown in a container indoors, but it grows to the size of its pot, so you can keep a foot-tall parlor palm on your desk, nightstand, or other small space.

Cat palm

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Cat palm (Chamedoria Falls) It is one of the easiest palms to grow indoors because it needs infrequent watering and indirect light to thrive. Native to southern Mexico and Central America, this palm grows in clumps of compact stems with smooth green fronds. Cat palms grow thicker and denser as they mature, so place them in a corner near a window, and they will soon fill the space. It is wide rather than tall, reaching 3 feet tall when grown indoors.

Kentia Palm

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Kentia palm (Hoya foresteriana) It is native to Australia and thrives as a houseplant. This palm grows slowly but can reach 10 feet tall indoors. Its feathery fronds reach a foot long on long, gracefully arching stems.

In an in-ground planter in the corner of a room, a Kentia palm will add eye-catching height to your houseplant jungle. Give it bright, indirect light, moderate humidity, and consistent humidity to keep it thriving. Kentia palms go dormant in the winter, so don’t water much or apply fertilizer during that time.

The majesty of palm trees

Dean Shopner


The majesty of palm trees (Raffini Rivularis) It is an indoor palm plant that is very easy to obtain because it tolerates low light conditions and is slow growing. If you don’t have a lot of sunlight in the room and have limited space, this is the indoor palm plant for you. The Galala palm features graceful, feathery fronds on gently arching stems. Under the right conditions, it can grow up to 10 feet tall.

Windmill palm tree

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Windmill palm tree (Trachicarpus fortunei) More cold-tolerant than most other palms, it is able to live outdoors in USDA hardiness zone 7 and warmer. It grows indoors, reaching a height of about 10 feet. The windmill palm has solid green, fan-like fronds with black fibers covering its trunk. It is a slow-growing plant that adds a bold statement to a room when grown in a ground container. Make it thrive as a houseplant by giving it indirect light, well-drained soil, and consistent moisture.

Lady Palm

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Lady Palm (loud rap) It has been cultivated as a houseplant for more than 400 years. The Japanese elite planted these trees in the 17th century, and Americans planted lady palms as “parlor palms” during the Victorian era. It has shiny, fan-shaped leaves on sturdy stems that can reach 15 feet tall. Palms tolerate low light but prefer bright, indirect light. They can also tolerate cold temperatures, so it’s a good choice to place them near a front door that may let in drafts.

Bamboo palm

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Bamboo palm (Chamidoria outbreak) It has elegant, arching stems and feathery fronds, but the plant is narrow and tall. It grows up to 8 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide, making it a good choice for tight spaces where you need a plant with a narrow, upright growth habit. Its exceptional tolerance for shade means it will thrive equally well near a north-facing window as it will in a brighter location.

Dwarf date palm

Dean Shopner


Dwarf date palm (Phoenix Robellini) It is a miniature version of the date palm tree that grows throughout the Middle East and the American Southwest for its date fruits. It has arched, feathery fronds with a soft texture.

Dwarf palms grow up to 8 feet tall indoors and are easy to grow. They need well-drained soil, consistent moisture, and bright, indirect sunlight to thrive in a container. For best results, place your palm next to an east window where it receives morning sun.

Ponytail palm

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Despite its name, the palm of a ponytail (Peucarnia recurvata) Not a palm at all. It is a succulent plant that resembles a palm due to the ribbons of green leaves that hang from the top of a single thick stem. It is a cheerful looking plant that adds a bold shape and whimsical feel to a room.

The horsetail palm is a hardy, drought-tolerant houseplant because it stores water in its swollen trunk. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and is slow growing, so it won’t get too big too quickly. Provide your horsetail palm with bright light, well-drained soil, and temperatures between 50°F and 70°F.

Sago palm

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Sago palm (Cycas rolled) It’s not a real palm tree, even though it looks like one. They are cycads, a group of ancient tropical and subtropical plants related to conifers that date back to prehistoric times. The sago palm remains the size of a shrub rather than a tree. Grown indoors as a houseplant, it reaches a maximum height of 3 feet tall and wide.

Sago palms need a bright, indirect light location. They can tolerate some direct sunlight on their leaves except in the summer months; A south window or other bright area is ideal. Sago palms are very slow growing. They may only produce one new frond per year, so they won’t outgrow their space quickly. Sago palms are known to live up to 200 years.

NB: All parts of the plant are toxic to humans And pets If it is ingested.

Lipstick palm

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It is named after its bright red stems and lipstick palm (Certostachys renda) It is a slow-growing, tropical species of palm native to Malaysia, Borneo, and Thailand. It prefers warm temperatures of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit and high humidity, so it is a little trickier to grow than other indoor palms.

Ruffled palm fan

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Native to the rainforests of Polynesia, it is a frilled fan palm (Liquala Grande) It has shiny, folded, fan-like fronds that make it an outstanding houseplant. In a container, it will grow between 6 and 10 feet tall, with large, carved leaves that bring tropical drama to the room.

Place it near a sunny window for light and warmth. It is a slow-growing palm, adding only a few inches of height each year, so it may take a decade or more to reach maturity.

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