I love palm trees, so I’m sharing my five favourite indoor palm trees.  Their feathery foliage, large long leaves and fans, evoke tropical vibes & ooze luxury. They have specific care requirements, bright light by a window & regular water. These beautiful plants really give off those jungle vibes we love styling our home in and come in all sizes suitable for your space. So lets meet my five favourite palm trees 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.

Kentia palm plant profile:

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. The raphis palm tree is native to China and Japan. 

Lady palm plant profile

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 palm trees, the Parlour palm is simply adorable. It's perfect grouped with other plants on a low table or when mature on a stand or side table. Native to Mexico & Guatemala.

Parlour palm plant profile

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 indoor palm tree will soften a room & exude elegance. Grown for its beautiful dark green foliage this palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.

Cascade palm plant profile

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 


For the next indoor palm tree, 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 indoor palm tree? 

Are you interested in learning more about palms trees? Check out these fun facts from trees.com

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Rachel

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About the Author Rachel Okell

A self confessed plant nerd, Rachel loves indoor plants, tropical plants and learning about new plants. Rachel is currently working as a Horticulturist helping people solve problems, pick plants & plan gardens. The best part of her job is being surrounded by plants all day! Rachel has a deep appreciation for all things green & hopes to share her knowledge and passion to help people learn about plants.

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