plants indoors is a marvellous way to colour the home
& there are some fantastic palms that will flourish
There are many palms available at nurseries, but 3 very
good palms for indoors that are easy to keep and flourish
The Kentia Palm
The Raphis Palm
& the Parlor Palm
These palms need a brightly lit position near a window,
but not in direct sunlight. They will do very well in
a room with east or north facing windows. Don't position
them in a dark or dimly lit room as they will not grow
well and may become susceptible to plant diseases.
Indoor palms do not require as much water as when grown
outdoors, so a watering about once a week should do
nicely. They will need more watering in hot weather
and less in the cooler months. This is very important
as it is easy to overwater indoor plants in winter and
this is a common problem associated with indoor plants.
Luckily, these 3 palms are quite forgiving. A tip is
to wait until the top of the potting mix in the pot
has begun to dry before watering again. Wait for half
an hour or until all water has drained into the saucer,
then tip this water out. Make sure the saucer is not
full of water, as this will reduce growth.
Palms indoors will need to be repotted about once a
year. For best results, use an indoor mix such as Searles®
Premium Potting Mix. Don't use an outdoor mix like Terracotta
& Tub mix, as this mixture will hold too much water
for indoors. It is ideal for Palms in larger pots outdoors.
To keep them growing nicely, use a controlled release
fertiliser. Robust®, a controlled release fertiliser
that also contains instant plant food, will give immediate
feeding and continue to feed for 6 months.
All indoor plants will need to be rotated from indoors
to outdoors from time to time. This will give you a
chance to wash all dust off the leaves. Make sure the
palm is still in a sheltered position, such as under
a verandah or in the shade of a large tree. TIP:
It is a good idea to have more than one plant, so that
you can rotate them from indoors to outdoors and also
in different positions inside the home. This makes for
good variety and always has the house looking fresh
with lovely palm foliage.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle
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