Indoor Palm Trees Types

Types of Palm Trees to Grow as Tropical House Plants

Indoor palm trees types. Types of palms that perform best as exotic house plants. Also, palm-like indoor trees you can raise as unusual, easy house plants.

The indoor palms listed below will bring the atmosphere of the tropics into your home.

Potted Areca Palm Trees Adorn an Interior Courtyard

Not every palm will make the best house plant. Some don’t like growing in containers. Some grow so quickly that they would need constant repotting and would soon be bumping into the ceiling. Some palms need such intense light that they could only be grown indoors as a green house plant.

These are the most “user friendly” palm tree types for growing as indoor house plants. 

The plant names link to pages of in-depth growing information.

Lady PalmAreca Palm TreeEuropean Fan Palm

The variegated Rhapis palm will require a bit more light than the plain green types.

The fan-shaped leaves of the Rhapis excelsa palm are divided into 7-10 finger-like segments. This southern China native will lend an Asian air to any environment in which it is grown.

Lady Palms are unsurpassed for indoor longevity. There are variegated Rhapis varieties which are especially striking.

All the Japanese Rhapis palms make delightful indoor potted plants. Besides R. excelsa, there is also Rhapis laosensishumilischiyodazuru and multifida.

The lady palm tree is very slow growing (1-2 new leaves per year)so buy the size you want in the first place.

This is also a good air cleaning house plant.

Mediterranean fan palms (a.k.a. European fan palms) are compact clump forming palms that can slowly reach a height of 15 feet.

Chamaerops humilis looks dramatic in a container and is rugged enough to do well as an indoor palm tree.

Pygmy Date PalmFiji Fan PalmChristmas Palm Tree

The Phoenix roebelenii or pygmy date palm is one of the most feminine palm trees you will ever see. Its lush dark green fronds are more delicate than those of most other palms and they grow in a graceful arching habit.

This is one of the easiest to care for indoor palm trees.

Indoor Palm Tree Care

The link above will take you to a page which lays out all the details of caring for different types of indoor palm trees.

The 5 most important tips for growing potted palm trees are these:

  1. Maintain high humidity in the growing area. When the air around palm fronds is too dry, red mites attack.
  2. Feed your indoor palm trees with a food labeled as a palm fertilizer to be certain that you are giving them all the right micro-nutrients.
  3. Avoid damaging the trunk or central bud of your palm tree.
  4. It is dangerous to remove all of a palm tree’s fronds though you sometimes see it done to large palms used in commercial landscape design projects.
  5. It is better indoor palm culture to keep the plants cool–not warm–in the winter. They need to be protected from frost but keeping them toasty tends to weaken them.

Palm-like Indoor Trees

Aloe treesPony Tail Palm TreeBanana Plant

The following types of indoor plants trees are palm lookalikes. These tall, popular house plants are simpler to maintain than most indoor palm plants.

Also, some of the taller yucca plants are palm-like in appearance. These are often called yucca palm trees or simply yucca trees.

Beaucarnea Recurvata has many aliases: pony tail palm, elephant’s foot palm, nolina, monja…

The tropical banana plant is so palm-like it is often referred to as a banana palm.

It will grow well indoors in a brightly lit location. Given enough food and water it might even fruit!

The following Dracaena plants are often referred to as Dracaena palms because of their tall growth habit and strap-shaped leaves:

Indoor Corn PlantDracaena deremensisDracaena marginata

Dracaena fragrans is called the indoor corn plant because its leaves closely resemble those of the world’s most popular grain. They are green, 4-5 inches wide and can grow to a length of 18 inches. In bright light, a lengthwise yellow stripe will appear in the center of each leaf.

The species Dracaena deremensis encompasses several attractive plants. The most well known of the group is the cultivar ‘Janet Craig’.

Its 4 inch wide, dark green leaves can reach a length of 18 inches. This gives mature plants a palm-like appearance.

The Truth About Sago Palms

Sago Palm – Small
from: Real Palm Trees


Sago palms are toxic to dogs, cats, horses and people. Do not ingest any part of this plant.

Sago palms are good palm tree house plants when they are small. A mature sago will likely spread too wide to be kept indoors, but this won’t become a problem for many years due to the sago palm tree’s slow growth rate.

The sago’s rough brown trunk and tuft of dark green fronds have deceived many people into thinking it is a palm tree. It really isn’t. It’s a cycad.

Use caution when growing a sago as an indoor palm tree if you have pets or small children who like to nibble on strange things.

These are top quality, hard-to-find large trees. There are other sizes available in addition to the ones shown here. If you see a tree you like but you want a different size, click through to the sales page where you will have a choice of sizes.

You will find many more Indoor Palm Trees here including large banana plants (most online nurseries only sell the corms).

If you want to grow your own trees Buy Palm Seeds here.

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