9 Best Indoor Palm Trees in India

    Ruffled Fan Palm - Indoor Palms

    Looking for indoor palms which are extremely easy to grow in the Indian climate? There are almost 50 types of indoor palm trees available around the world.

    Here, we have curated a list of the 6 best indoor palm trees suitable to grow in the Indian climate.

    Palms are among the best indoor plants to buy which add an elegant look to the living space. Grow them in your home, office, hotel, shop or restaurant, and give the space around you a very rich and elegant look

    1. Areca Palm

    Areca Parm inside living room

    Areca Palm is one of the most favorite and popular grown indoor palms plants today. It is found to be native to Madagascar and naturalized in Andaman islands. This makes Areca Palm perfect to grow in the Indian climate. They easily get acclimatized to the environment, and so are quite easy to care for.

    Areca palms have lush green leaves, and long feathery fronds, which consist of about 40-60 leaflets on it. This gives quite an elegant look to your home or office space.

    How to grow Areca Palm: Planting the Areca with the help of seeds is a time-consuming process, and needs a lot of care. It would be easier to grow from offsets or buy one from our site, or a nearby nursery.

    Care Instructions Areca Palm: Multiple stems emerge from the base when propagated in moist soil and bright light. However, the leaves can turn yellow if kept in direct sunlight.

    It is recommended to fertilize the Areca palm with liquid house fertilizer containing micronutrients during the spring season.The fronds and stems multiply during summer giving lush green and beautiful foliage through the entire season.

    Light:  Avoid direct sunlight. It only requires bright light thus making it one of the best palm plants to be grown.

    Water: Areca palm loves high humidity and low water. Keep the plant drenched just enough to remain moist and humid.

    Soil: Too much fertilizer, and water in the soil can cause the roots to rot.

    Average lifespan of Areca Palm: 10-15 years

    Availability of Areca Palm: Widely abundant in India

    Are Areca Palms friendly to kids and pets?

    If you want you and your children to grow with the nature, the Areca is one of the best indoor plants. It acts as an air purifier and is found to absorb the unwanted chemicals like Formaldehyde (found in carpets, foams, cleaning agents etc), carbon dioxide and toluene. Plus, areca palms add oxygen to the indoor environment.

    Medicinal Uses:

    Palm leaves extract consists of Omega-6, Linolenic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, and Myristic Acid which are used in food, cosmetics, and Pharmaceutical industry.

    Lesser Known facts:

    According to NASA’s research, Areca palm is ranked 8th in removing the unwanted chemicals from the environment. A scientist said that it is as effective as an electric humidifier, which again makes it a must buy plant.

    It is also said that the palm’s branches were used as a symbol of Triumph and Victory in Roman times.

    Suggested Read: Buy Areca Palms in India, More about areca palms.

    2. Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona Chinesis)

    Chinese Fan Palm

    The Chinese fan palm is widely grown outdoors. However, it is easy to cultivate in pots,and looks beautiful with its big nearly circular fan-shaped leaves. It is native to Southern China, Australia, Malay Peninsula, New Guinea. It is very commonly used in masses as ground cover and as indoor house plants.

    The leaves of Chinese fan palm (also known as fountain palm) are large, nearly circular shaped, which are partly segmented and can be 3-4 feet long. The leaves emerge from the trunk with stiff highly serrated strong petioles. The trunk is unbranched and strong. During early summer, relatively short branched yellow-green flowers are born. The fruits are blue-black olive in color.

    How to grow Chinese fan Palm: It is recommended to buy them from a nearby nursery, or grow from cuttings. Propagating via seeds will take a lot of time, almost 2-4 months to germinate and you will not see good results. Grow them in medium to large sized pots with soil rich in organic matter. They grow quite slowly. Repotting and fertilizing should be done once in six months for faster growth.

    Care Instructions for Chinese Fan Palm:

    Light: It needs lots of light. Growing in partial shade may slow its growth

    Water: This palm is quite drought resistant, and needs very less water to grow.

    Soil:  Soil should contain a good potting mix and must be well-drained. However, Chinese palm tolerates many different growing media.

    Average lifespan of Chinese fan palm: 10-20 years depending upon the amount of care.

    Availability of Chinese fan palm: Abundantly available as it is an effective growing plant, surviving all conditions.

    Temperature: Drought resistant and frost resistance making it more durable for all temperature conditions.

    Are Chinese fan palms friendly to kids and pets?

    Yes, with its widely spread foliage it has the capacity to act as green bed removing the unwanted chemicals by purifying the air.

    Medicinal uses: Chinese fan palm seeds extract, has been used in folklore medicine in Southern China for treating various tumors showing a potent anticancer property.

    Lesser Known facts:

    The Chinese fan palm is primarily cultivated for its ornamental value, given its beauty and cold-hardiness.young leaves are used in making hats, attractive fans and brushes.  Whereas,Its wood has been used to make umbrella handles and walking sticks for centuries.

    3. Fish tail Palm (Caryota mitis)

    As the name suggests, this palm has a unique looking feature, with its leaves resembling those of a fishtail. Fishtail palm is native to Indo China and can adapt to warm Mediterranean climates as well as tropical and subtropical climates.

    Fishtail palm has the basic shape of a feather palm. Each leaflet of a Caryota palm is somewhat triangular in shape, showing the bipinnate leaf arrangement all over the ‘main’ petiole and all the ‘side petioles’.

    How to grow Fishtail Palm:

    Fishtail palm can be propagated through seeds only if you have the patience to wait for at least 6-8 months for the seeds to germinate. However, the best thing is to cut down a sucker from the mother plant and propagate. The plant requires enough space and strong light to grow.

    Initially, you can grow it as an indoor plant in a large pot. As it grows in size, you would need to transfer it outdoors.

    Care Instructions Fishtail Palm:

    Light: Requires bright and strong light to grow, preferably sunlight.

    Water: Do not overload the soil with water, steady supply of water with proper drainage is best suited for fishtail palms.

    Soil:  Soil should contain a mixture of perlite, cocopit, coir based potting to enhance proper drainage in the soil. Fertilize the soil once in a month as the plant gets magnesium deficit. Epsom salt will be a boom.

    Average life span of Fishtail Palm: It can range from 5-25 years with proper care.

    Availability of Fishtail Palm: You can find it all over India. It easily available in nurseries.

    Temperature: It likes bright light and grows well in regions with high temperatures making it a drought-resistant plant.

    Is Fishtail Palm friendly to kids and pets?

    Caryota palms have toxic fruits. They have oxylates in the fruits making them a health hazard to pets and children if grown in one’s yard.

    Medicinal uses: Fishtail palm seeds extract, has been used in folklore medicine in Southern China for treating various tumors showing a potent anticancer property.

    Lesser Known facts:

    The leaves of fishtail palms are dried and used as a fishing rod.

    It is known that fishtail palms produce a sweetening agent. An incision made below the trunk near drooping fruits, produces a secretion which is processed to make kithul syrup in Sri Lanka.

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    4. Brussel’s Pony tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

    Brussel's pony tail palm in a pot

    The Pony Tail Palm has just the name of a palm. It’s a member of the Asparagaceae family, and native of southeastern Mexico, also called by the names as Bottle Palm and Elephant’s Foot because of its bulbous base. Ponytails make a great low maintenance indoor palm to grow inside home, office or anywhere.

    The texture of the trunk resembles an elephant’s foot. It is topped with clusters of long, slender strap-like leaves resembling blades of grass which droop gracefully from the trunk. The height of the ponytail can reach up to 20 feet or more in warm climates. When grown indoors, it usually grows to about three feet tall. It produces beautiful flower stalks which when grown outdoors give small yellowish or beige-colored flowers during summer.

    How to grow Brussels’s ponytail Palm:

    These palms are quite easy to grow, generally propagated from ‘pups’. Pups are small ponytails growing along with the mother plant. All you need to do to is to remove the pup from an existing plant and repot it.

    As the ponytail is a form of succulent, cactus mix will be the suitable soil for them to grow.

    Place the pup in the fresh pot containing the cactus mix and rest back and look your ponytail grow. Mist the plant every few days to keep the humidity high.

    Care Instructions Brussels’s ponytail Palm:

    Light: The Brussels’s ponytail does well in either bright, indirect, or full sun.

    Water: Brussels’s ponytail is hardy, and have a swollen trunk base. The trunk is an adaption of these succulents to store water, making it highly tolerant to drought.

    However, you can mist the plant every few days to keep the humidity high and help them grow faster.

    Soil:  A good soil drainage containing garden soil, perlite, coconut peat, clay, sand, vermiculite will generally minimize the root rot, and will keep the soil fertile.

    Average lifespan of Brussels’s ponytail  Palm: 10-100 years and may also increase.

    Availability of Brussels’s Ponytail Palm: It needs temperate climate to grow, making it quite abundant in India

    Temperature: As these are a variety of succulents, they grow well in xerophytic condition (needs warm temperature with high humidity).

    Are Brussels’s Ponytail Palm friendly to kids and pets?  The ponytail palm contains saponin in the leaves, which creates discomfort when chewed. keep away from children and pets.

    Medicinal uses :

    Ponytail palm leaves contain high amount saponins (soap like constituents) which can lower your cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It also boosts your immune system.

    Lesser Known facts:

    • The “Colección Nacional de Beaucarneas” have grown over 400 ponytail palms for the purpose of greenhouse conservation as it is found to absorb the harmful chemicals from the environment.
    • There are over 350-year-old Beaucarneas registered in Mexico.

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    5. Ruffled Fan palm (Licuala grandis)

    Ruffled Fan Palm

    Ruffled fan palm is an exotic and tropical palm native to Soloman Islands and Vanuatu. It has beautiful and elegant corrugated leaves which are dark green, glossy, pleated and fan-like structure ranging from 3-6 feet across its length.

    The leaves are articulated on a trunk, which is small in diameter when compared to leaves, making the top heavy. The ruffled palm can grow up to 20 feet and produces small yellow flowers which becomes red – almost burgundy color – when ripe.

    How to grow Ruffled Fan Palm:

    Ruffled fan palm is a best choice plant for indoor containers. This palm plant is super easy to grow and can be propagated through seeds/saplings.The seeds germinate faster when they are fresh. They can germinate in 2 months with a cute looking leaf.

    Care Instructions for Ruffled Fan Palm:

    Light: Grows faster when kept in partial shade. Bright sunlight may cause browning of the leaves. However, older plants can survive in the hot sun when the soil is moist and humidity is high.

    Water: Needs a lot of water. Do not overwater as it may lead to fungal growth and deprive the soil of nutrients.

    Soil:  Fast-draining soil that’s fertile and evenly moist. Sandy soil amended with lots of humus is ideal.

    Average lifespan of Ruffled fan  Palm: 10-20 years, when constant pruning of older leaves, and fertile conditions of the soil are met.

    Availability of Ruffled Fan Palm: Scarcely available, which makes it a must buy plant in India.

     Temperature: Warm and temperate climate is required.

     Are Ruffled Fan Palms friendly to kids and pets? Yes, the leaves are purely non-harmful. However, its fruits may cause a little discomfort when chewed due to its bitter taste.

    Medicinal uses :

    It has been found that in ancient China the leaves extract was used to cure the condition known as GWATUWAWALE (a kind of a headache in China).

    Lesser Known facts:

    • It is Cultivated as an ornamental plant, and used for thatching, making traditional umbrellas.
    • In the central region of Pentecote, which is an APMA language area (Tryon, 3 1, 1976), the leaves of this species represent a ‘grade’ within the social structure assigned to women.

    6. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea costaricana)

    Indoor Bamboo Palm

    The dark lush green leaves of Bamboo Palm also known as reed palm is a treat to the eyes. Native to Mexico and Central America, this compact palm grows about 10 ft tall when planted outdoors and nearly half when it is propagated in indoor containers.

    The leaves are feather-like – thin in the start, broader in between and thin again at the end. About 20-40 leaflets are arranged in a pattern on the petiole.

    How to grow Bamboo Palm:

    It’s a very popular indoor plant and can multiply enormously from a single sapling or shoot too many shoots. One can buy a sapling from a nursery and cultivate into many with the right temperature and soil conditions.

    Care Instructions Bamboo Palm:

    Light: Needs bright indirect light. You can keep them in partial shade away from direct sunlight

    Water: This variety of palms are not drought resistant. Regular watering and fertilizer is essential for them to survive.

    Soil: Ensure the soil is well aerated. It should drain water quickly but still retain water.

    Average lifespan of Bamboo Palm: 5-7 years

    Availability of Bamboo Palm: Widely available.

    Temperature: Warm temperature with high humidity.

    Is Bamboo Palm friendly to kids and pets?

    Yes. Moreover, It makes environment cleaner because it filters out both benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

     Medicinal uses :

    The plant extracts are known to relieve burning sensation. The decoction is also useful to

    children with cough and asthma.

    Lesser Known facts:

    It is known that the young shoots of bamboo palm contains hydrocyanic acid and are lethal to mosquito larvae. That makes mosquitoes stay away from the bamboo palm.

    7. Rhapis Excelsa

    Rhapis Excelsa Palm - Lady Palm - Broadleaf Lady Palm

    Rhapis excelsa commonly known as lady palm or broadleaf lady palm is native to southern China and Taiwan.

    The Lady Palm is grown in the garden or used indoors in homes or office around the world.

    It is an evergreen fan palm that has deep green foliage consisting of deeply divided, finger-like, narrow-lanceolate segments, that form a dense clump of slender, upright, bamboo-like canes. The leaves are arranged on long stalks.

    Lady palm plants are dioecious and produce tiny, yellow flowers during spring.

    How to grow Rhapis excelsa

    Rhapis excelsa produces suckers from the base of the plant. These rhizome offshoots can be used for propagation in spring.

    Care Instructions for Rhapis excelsa:

    Light: Grows faster when kept in partial shade. Bright sunlight may cause browning of the leaves. However, older plants can survive in the hot sun when the soil is moist and humidity is high.

    Water: Best with regular and consistent moisture, particularly in summer. Reduce watering during winters.

    Soil: Rich loose potting media with fast-draining soil.

     Average lifespan of Rhapis excelsa Palm: Grows for many years, when grown in desirable conditions.

    Availability of Rhapis excelsa Palm: Abundantly available and can be easily bought from a nearby nursery.

    Temperature: Rhapis adapts to a wide range of temperatures when it becomes quite hardy, and can do exceedingly well indoors under the right conditions.

    Are Rhapis excelsa friendly to kids and pets? Yes, each part of this plant is known to have medicinal uses, which can do no harm to the children and pets.

    Medicinal uses: Burned or charred Bark stops external bleeding. The soft tissues and the fibrous part of dried leaf stalks is used in Chinese medicines.

     Lesser known facts: NASA rated Rhapis excelsa as one of the best plants for removing toxins from the air.

    8. Chambeyronia Macrocarpa

    Chambeyronia macrocarpa - Red Feather Palm, Red Leaf Palm, Blushing Palm - Watermelon Palm

    Chambeyronia macrocarpa, also known as Red Feather Palm, Red Leaf Palm, Blushing Palm and Watermelon Palm, is an exotic palm which makes a great indoor plant.

    Leaves are eight to ten feet long and arching. The leaves of flame thrower plant is a real delight to eyes and lie in a flat plane. The dark green feathery fronds are long and arching with leaflets all over it growing up to three feet long, and thick in texture. The tree has a bright red leaflet that emerges among dark green feathery fronds.

    It produces stalks of small purple flowers that grow in branches from below the crownshaft. Seeds are large, and red in color thus the species name of “macrocarpa”.

    How to grow Chambeyronia macrocarpa: It can be propagated by seeds, however, it takes 5-6 months for the seeds to germinate. Ensure proper moist soil and strong light for the seeds to germinate.

    Care Instructions for Red Feather Palm

    Light: These palms like full sun but can also grow in partial shade.

    Water: Moderate. It does best in moist well-drained soil

    Soil: Chambeyronia appreciates a rich, well-draining soil.

    Average life span- 10-30 years depending on the level of care.

    Availability – Rarely available in India. However, you can buy seeds from online stores to propagate.

    Temperature – It is a hardy plant and can sustain wide temperatures. However, warm temperate is best suitable.

    Friendly to kids/pets: Yes

    Lesser known facts: It is morphologically diverse with at least 4 variations considered and treated as different species by hobbyists.

    The “yellow form,” or C.hookeri, with a yellow crownshaft and the color extending up into the petioles, is my personal favorite.

     9. Cyrtostachys Renda

    Cyrtostachys renda, red sealing wax palm, lipstick palm

    Cyrtostachys Renda, also known as red sealing wax palm and lipstick palm, is a beautiful, versatile tree. The tree develops a brilliantly red trunk that holds feathery green fronds on top of it.

    Lipstick palm, when grown in its natural habitat, can reach up to 50 ft, and 10-15 ft when grown as houseplant or garden plant.

    It produces greenish flowers which grow on the long stalks from below the crownshaft. It is dioecious and produces both male and female flowers followed by small shiny fruits that turn black when they ripe.

    How to grow

    Lipstick palm can be propagated both by seeds and cuttings, however, it’s much easier and faster to propagate from cuttings. Remove and replant suckers from the side of an established tree. Seeds take 3-4 months to germinate while to sprout it takes more time than that.

    Care instructions for lipstick palm

    Light: They can thrive well both in partial shade and full sun.

    Water: This is the most critical parameter which matters in the growth of lipstick palm. Ensure that the soil is moist. Water them more often to keep the soil moist.

    Soil: These palms like rich loamy and well-drained soil. 

    Average life span: With proper growing conditions it can grow up to 20 years

    Availability: Not widely abundant in India. However, you can find one from an online nursery.

    Temperature: Appreciate warmer temperatures 15-40 ℃

    Friendly to kids/pets – Yes

    Do you have suggestions for more indoor palms to be included in the list? Just comment with your suggestions below.

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