When you vacation do you go to the tropics? Do you love the look and feel of a tropical location? Well how about potting up some palms to use indoors or outdoors at your own home! We know it sounds like it would be difficult especially if you live in a location that is not known for having a sunny location, but trust us if you follow a few simple steps even you can duplicate that tropical feel at home.
There are a lot of varieties of palms that are sold as houseplants in most home and garden center. You should be able to find what you are looking for. Basically they make great houseplants and can stand a bit of neglect but of course will grow their best if treated properly. Potted palms can last many years so make sure you get the style you desire to get the affect you require. And, remember that potted palms get large so plan on moving it outside during the summer months to enjoy on your patio.
All palms basically require the same things. Water, sun, fertilizer. Potted palms can tolerate being under watered but do best in a moist soil, especially during the summer months. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and dry out a bit more in the winter. Be careful not to over water. That is the number one killer.
When it comes to sunlight palms can handle low light but prefer indirect light or some shade. If you put them out during the summer make sure to keep the potted palms in the shade. Soil should be made for potted palms not garden soil. It needs to include moss or vermiculite to keep it loose and porous. We suggest purchasing the soil from a garden center that is meant for a palm.
A garden planter should be large enough to hold the palm but since they don't like to be re-potted we recommend you get one a bit over sized. Remember that if they become root bound it is not a bad thing for a potted palm. Use fertilizer for potted palms and watch out for spider mites on the potted palm is indoors. Any brown spots you can trim off but this is not harmful to the plant it just looks unsightly.
A potted palm whether indoors our outdoors requires low maintenance and will last for many years. Now is the time to create that tropical look and feel that you yearn for and a potted palm is the easiest way to do so.