how to care for a triangle palm - Knowledgebase Question

Question by mamzie4
September 3, 2008
About 6 weeks ago I bought an indoor triangle palm but I already have had to cut 2 palms that had dried out. I looked at it today and it seems there are tiny bugs on it. What should I do?

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2008


Most palms need bright natural light year-round. Filtered light near a south-east-or west-facing window is suitable for most indoor palms.

Palms need to be kept moist. They should never be allowed to dry out or allowed to stand in water. Excessively wet soil can lead to root rot. Water thoroughly when the surface of the soil dries and discard the water in the saucer after the pot drains. Soil mixes for palms must be porous with plenty of organic matter to ensure both adequate moisture and excellent drainage.

Palms grow best with warmth. Protect them from drafts near doors, windows and air conditioning. Most palms prefer temperatures of 60 ?F at night and between 70 and 80 ?F during the day. Many palms will benefit from cooler temperatures of 55 to 60 ?F during the winter, when not actively growing.

Regularly rinse the foliage to clean the leaves and leach excess fertilizer salts from the soil. Wash the plant with a hard, fine spray of lukewarm water in your shower, or outside during warm weather, to keep insects such as scale, thrips and mites under control. Also, set plants outside during summer rainstorms to rinse the foliage.

Palms, like many houseplants, benefit immensely from spending the summer outside. When they are moved outside for the summer, gradually accustom them to higher light levels. Indoor palms should not be placed in direct sun while outside.

Fertilize either with a dilute liquid fertilizer or use a slow-release fertilizer in the container. Fertilize only while the plant is actively growing. Excess fertilizer can be harmful to palms.

Palms do best when their roots are confined and may only need repotting every two to three years, if roots fill the pot. Repot when needed in spring or early summer. Most palms are propagated from seed. Some can be divided to create new plants.

It's normal for the lower palm fronds to die and they should be removed when they start to decline. As long as your palm is producing new fronds, it's healthy.

Hope this information is helpful!

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