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Growing Palms Indoors

By Kerrie Badertscher, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Horticulture

Are the fronds of your indoor palms turning brown from the tips up? The first step is to examine the roots.

Slip the pot off of the plant and examine the root structure. If the roots fully engulf the potting media and even wrap around the inside of the pot, the palm should be transplanted into a larger container (two inches larger than the previous one). If the roots have not expanded to the edge of the container, then it might be that too much water has been applied on a too frequent basis. Most palms (parlor, Neanthe bella and dwarf mountain types) need to dry out between watering. If your palm plant is a fishtail palm, then it needs to be kept moist at all times. So knowing the type of palm plant is important.

Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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