15 Best Indoor Palms – Easy to Grow & Look Beautiful

Wherever your home is located, it’s possible to create a lush tropical paradise in your very own living room with indoor palm plants. While we’re used to seeing palm trees in hot beachy environments, you might be surprised to learn that they can thrive in most indoor spaces. 

Palms thrive in the same climate that most of us enjoy within our homes. They like warm temperatures, a little humidity, and average light. Many specimens require much less care than you might anticipate. 

So, let’s discuss some of the best indoor palm plants which will have your home feeling like a tropical cabana in no time! 

The best indoor palms to grow at home

The Majestic Palm 

The Majestic Palm, (Ravenna rivularis), makes a huge impact. It is a beautiful large plant that can turn an abandoned or shadowy space in your home into a gorgeous focal point. It is a large-sized palm with beautiful dark green fronds and is relatively tolerant to shade.

 It needs a very moist environment to remain at its healthiest, so consider adding one to a breakfast nook in the kitchen, or in the bathroom to add impact next to a clawfoot tub. The Majestic Palm will continue to grow and can get quite large in the right conditions. 

Chinese Fan Palm 

The Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona chinensis) is a palm that grows slowly, making it a perfect choice for an end table or desk plant, but be warned that once mature they can be quite large. 

If you’d like for it to remain small, there are dwarf varieties as well. It has a beautiful fan of emerald fronds and requires bright light. You only have to water every so often when the soil feels dry. 

Cascade Palm 

Cascade Palms (Chamaedorea cataractarum) are shade tolerant making them a great choice for rooms that don’t get full sunlight. 

They require a lot of irrigation indoors as they prefer wet landscapes next to bodies of water in their natural habitat. Always keep the soil moist. They grow in small groups of fronds and can sometimes grow as tall as 6 feet! 

Ponytail Palm 

The Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) has a lovely thick woody trunk and long light green leaves that hang down around it like flowing hair. It’s more of a succulent than a true palm because that woody trunk holds on to water to help it tolerate drought. 

You’ll want to avoid overwatering this one. Grow it in a nice pot and it will stay small enough to live its life on your desk or table. It will do best with full sunlight. 

Yucca Palm 

Yucca Palm (Yucca elephantiasis) is another variety with a woody trunk, but this one grows quite large. It has light bluish-green leaves. It requires full sun but you won’t have to worry about watering very often, as its drought tolerant. You can let the soil reach total dryness in between watering. 

Sago Palm 

Sago palm (Cyas revoluta) is a cult favorite in the indoor palm world. The trunk sort of looks like a pineapple and it has light green stiff fronds that scoop upwards. It grows slowly, so it does well in small spaces and requires full sunlight. Water whenever the soil feels dry. 

Areca Palm 

The Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) is incredibly popular. Known as the bamboo palm, it has yellowish-green stems and light green leaves that resemble bamboo. It is shade tolerant, so it can grow well in any room. Regular watering and fertilizers allow this palm to thrive. 

Parlor Palm 

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is one of the best indoor palms available. Average indoor light and temperatures are all it needs, along with regular watering. It has light green leaves and requires little maintenance. 

Pygmy Date Palm 

Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) is the only date palm that stays an appropriate size to grow indoors. It has silvery-green glossy leaves that can grow about 4 feet long. It likes moderate to full sunlight and enjoys a nice misting now and again as well as regular watering. 

Kentia Palm 

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) is a beauty with a slim trunk and dark green fronds. It grows in a variety of conditions including shade and only requires watering when the soil feels dry to the touch. It grows tall and makes a statement in a big open room. 

Lady Palm 

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) can grow as high as six feet high indoors but grows slowly. It has tall stems and graceful dark green leaves. It stands up to most conditions, but does require bright sunlight and doesn’t do well with overwatering. 

Christmas Palm 

Christmas Palm (Adonidia merrillii) is also called the manila palm. It is one of the loveliest choices because it produces bright red fruits around the holidays. It requires full sunlight and well-drained soil. They can grow as tall as 12 feet indoors. 

European Fan Palm 

European Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis), also sometimes called the Mediterranean Fan Palm, likes filtered sunlight and is tolerant of colder climates. It has grayish-green triangle-shaped fans that can spread about 3 feet across. It requires moist soil, but you will need to be careful not to overwater. 

Fishtail Palm

Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis) does well in all kinds of indoor conditions. It does not require direct sunlight so it can grow well in darker rooms and even bathrooms. It requires average watering just enough to keep the soil moist. 

Sentry Palm

The Sentry Palm (Howea Belmoreana) is an excellent choice for large rooms as its feathery fronds spread out and grow about 8 feet tall indoors. Its brilliant green leaves brighten up any room and it only requires partial sunlight and moist soil. 

Final thoughts on the best indoor palms

When you are choosing a palm, bear in mind the eventual height of the plant. Will this be suitable for your room? It’s also worth thinking about how easy your palm will be to care for. If in doubt choose a plant that is popular with interior landscapers, such as a kentia palm. These are regularly seen in offices and municipal buildings because they are easy to maintain and don’t require constant attention.

Regardless of the season or climate in your region, this list is sure to contain the best indoor palms for your space. With all of these stunning palm plants to choose from, you’ll have no trouble creating a tropical oasis in your very own home

About the author 

Paul - Better Houseplants

Loves orchids and foliage houseplants. Always trying to be a better plant parent. Let's get growing!

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