Parlor Palm Houseplants: How To Care For A Parlor Palm Plant

Potted Parlor Plant
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The parlor palm is the quintessential houseplant - the proof is right in the name. Growing a parlor palm tree indoors is ideal because it grows very slowly and thrives in low-light and cramped spaces. It’s also an excellent air purifier. Keep reading to learn how to care for a parlor palm plant.

Parlor Palm Houseplants

Growing an indoor parlor palm is very easy and gratifying. Parlor palm houseplants prefer low light and may actually suffer in direct sunlight, so there’s no need to place them in your brightest windows. They do like a little bit of light, and will do best by a window that receives some early morning or late afternoon light. Your indoor parlor palm will most likely survive completely away from windows if that’s what your space requires - it just won’t grow very fast. Even with sunlight, the parlor palm is a slow grower, often taking years to reach its full height of 3-4 feet (1 m.) tall. Water your indoor parlor palm sparingly - underwatering is better than overwatering. Allow the soil to begin to dry between waterings, and water even less in the winter.

Parlor Palm Houseplant Care

If you’re planting a parlor palm tree indoors, opt for a few plants in the same container. Individual plants grow straight up and look more attractive and filled out in a group. Parlor palm houseplants have relatively weak root systems and don’t mind crowding, so don’t transplant more often than necessary. You may need to repot once a year for the first few years if your indoor parlor palm is growing steadily, but after that point, top dressing should be enough to keep it healthy. Since parlor palm houseplants tend to be grouped together in one container, feed them a basic fertilizer every month or two to ensure the soil doesn’t get sapped of nutrients.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.