Unpretentious varieties of house palms

Many natives of the tropics feel pretty good in urban apartments. Beautiful and unpretentious species such as joveya, rapis, brachea, chamedrhea, nolina and chamerops are particularly distinguished among all varieties.


Forster’s Hovey Palm is a very elegant endemic plant native to Australia. At a young age, the plant has a large number of root shoots. In its natural habitat, the palm tree can grow up to 12 to 15 m, but when cultivated at home, the height of the hovey rarely reaches more than 2 metres.

In the early years of life, the heat-loving palm is characterized by very slow growth. For faster and more fulfilling development, the lush tropical tree is recommended to replant annually. The soil is best purchased already ready with a balanced composition designed specifically for palm plants.

For comfortable existence of the hovey in summer needs very frequent watering and regular spraying of leaves with room temperature water. The most optimal air temperature during the period of active growth is not less than +20°C.


As you can see in the photo, this representative of exotic flora has an extremely spectacular appearance. Of the 15 varieties of this plant in indoor floriculture, only Rapis high and Rapis low. If the height of the first instance does not exceed one and a half meters, the palm trees belonging to the second species may over time reach dimensions exceeding the ceiling height of most modern apartments The rapis grown in room conditions grows well and develops at an air temperature above +22°C. The plant also welcomes the abundance of natural light and regular spraying with warm water, especially during the hot season.


, distributed in Mexico and Central America, Brachea palm has its name in honor Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The single-barreled lush plant is characterized by extremely rapid growth. Thickened at the base, the trunk is mainly formed by dying leaves.

The leaf plates in the brachea are very unusual. In shape, they resemble a fan and grow on thin, spiked petioles that emanate from the top of the trunk. Depending on the variety, the flower may be both green and silvery bluish. For a comfortable existence, all varieties of brachea need good lighting and year-round moderate watering.


Peristolid palm Chamedorea in the wild state is most common in South and Central of America. Representatives of this species are primarily distinguished by their unpretentious and shady endurance. Exotic palm grows quite slowly, but it is very tolerant of both irregular watering and poorly fertilized soil.

In order to slightly accelerate the slow growth of the plant, soil is recommended to be enriched with humus in summer. The plant adapts fairly easily to many of the negative factors of the apartment microclimate. In an indoor room, the height of the palm tree can reach up to 1.5-2 m. The length of beautiful ornamental leaves usually varies between 20-30 cm. The most optimal air temperature for growing Hamedorea is between +12ºC and +20ºC.


Bright representative of the Asparagaceae family in natural habitat occurs mainly in the southern parts of the US and Mexico. In the botanical world and in the common folk, the plant is also known by the names “bocarnea”, “horsetail” and “elephant foot”. The intricate vernacular names are attributed to the unusual appearance of the palm tree.

Expanded at the bottom of the barrel resembles a bottle. Thin, narrow and tight to touch, leaf plates gather in a lush crown on the very top of the plant. As it grows, the long leaves begin to hang very nicely, giving the green from the rainforest a very interesting and elegant appearance. Nolina refers to unpretentious houseplants. To preserve ornamental qualities, it is only necessary to provide the plant with abundant sunlight and regular moderate watering. The air temperature for successful cultivation should not be lower than +20 °C.


Evergreen Originator from the Mediterranean and southern France Hamerops is a high multi-stemmed tree with large fan-shaped leaves arranged on long thin petioles. If in a natural habitat the chamerops grows to 5-6 m, the height of the plant rarely exceeds 1.5-2 meters in the conditions of an urban apartment. Among experienced palm scientists, the hamerops is known for its unpretentious and unique ability to easily snuggle in urban microclimates. The rate of growth at the chamerops is low, but when creating the most favorable conditions, the chamerops pleases its hosts not only a chic fan crown, but also a pretty cute annual flowering. To grow successfully, the tropical plant will need abundant regular watering and a well-sunlit site.

In addition to the above species in office and living spaces, it is also common to grow such unpretentious species of indoor palms as:

  • Trachycarpus forchuna;
  • Livistona roundleaf ( rotundifolia);
  • Caryota soft or “fishtail”;
  • Sabal;
  • Ropalostylis et al.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of pet palms. When choosing a decorative palm tree for the interior, first of all pay attention to the dimensions of your room. If square meters allow, then boldly choose the largest and tallest plant. If not, it’s better to stop the choice on a green pet with more modest sizes.

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