My five favourite palms for indoors

I love palms, so I’m sharing the love with my five favourite indoor palms. I’ll share care tips for each palm & links to their plant profiles! For me, palms are the perfect indoor plant. Their feathery foliage, large long leaves or fanned varieties, evoke tropical vibes & ooze luxury. They are relatively easy care, all requiring a very bright room & regular water (when the top 3cm of soil is dry). These beautiful plants really give off those jungle vibes we love styling our home in and come in all sizes suitable for your space. Meet my five favourite palms for indoors. 

Howeia fosteriana - Kentia palm 

move plants to where they will receive the most light

This was my first & is my favourite indoor palm, I repotted it when I bought it and it has grown beautifully filling the corner of my living room. Native to Lorde Howe Island, this palm is grown for its large foliage.

Bright indirect light,

morning sun 

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1.8-3m 

Spread 1.5-2.4m 

Mist spray for humidity

Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm

I love the fanned leaflets on this broadleaf palm, it’s unique shape adds character to my plant collection. It has bamboo like stems, and finger like leaves in deep green. This palm is native to China and Japan. 

Bright indirect light,

morning sun 

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 2-4m 

Spread 2m 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea elegans - Parlour palm

The smallest of all my favourite indoor palms, the parlour palm is simply adorable. Its perfect grouped with other plants on a low table or when mature on a stand or side table. Native to Mexico & Guatemala.

Bright filtered light,

morning sun 

Water when barely moist,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 0.45-1.2m 

Spread 45-75cm 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea Cataractarum or Altroviren - Cascade palm

The very soft and feathery pinnate leaves of this palm will soften a room & exude elegance. Grown for its beautiful dark green foliage this palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.

Bright indirect light,

morning sun or full shade

Water when dry,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1-2m 

Spread 1-2m 

Mist spray for humidity

Chamaedorea erumpens - Bamboo palm 


The most recent addition to my collection, the leaflets on this palm are what it’s all about. Clusters of bamboo like canes form the tall stems with dark green pinnate leaves some thick and others feathery thin. Native to Guatemala and Honduras.

Bright filtered light,

morning sun 

Water when barely moist,

ensure good drainage 

Fertilise during active growth, Spring, Summer & Autumn

Height 1.5-3m 

Spread 0.75-1.2m 

Mist spray for humidity

Do you have a favourite palm?

Tell us in the comments below!

Rachel 

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