Hello, recently I shifted to a new house and purchased a few indoor plants like areca palm, zz plant, and ficus plant. I am trying to figure out where to keep them. I read indoor plants need humidity and low light. So, I kept them in a corner of my room where filtered lights fall and I water them every alternate day. Is this sufficient for these plants to survive?
While your choice of a corner with filtered light is good, it's essential to consider each plant's specific needs. Areca palms prefer bright, indirect light, while ZZ plants and ficus plants can tolerate lower light levels. Watering every alternate day might be too frequent; it's generally better to let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. Additionally, consider the humidity levels in your home, as areca palms appreciate higher humidity. Adjusting watering frequency and monitoring light conditions according to each plant's preferences will contribute to their overall health and survival.
I have a date palm (possibly two) and a quenepas In a 17 inch pot. They are roughly 30 years old. They have grown all this time inside about 10 feet from a south window. The date palm is starting to have some yellowing leaves. They have been in their current pot for about four years. Repotting is a major operation.. I’m wondering if I should repot it this time and if so, what size pot would be advisable? I have attached a picture although it’s extremely hard to get a decent picture because it is so big. For reference the ceilings are about 9 foot high. I would appreciate any advice upon whether to disturb them or just leave them for the time being.
I would, and separate them. If this is a Pygmy species, Then container care will be a little more straightforward. If this is a standard species, then it is going to take quite a bit of work to keep it happy in container.
Here are some general care tips for your palm:
Provide your indoor date palm with bright, indirect light and temperatures between 60-85°F (15-30°C). Water your palm when the top inch of soil feels dry, ensuring proper drainage to prevent waterlogging. Fertilize monthly during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Prune yellow leaves and remove dead or damaged fronds.
Root pruning is essential for container-grown date palms. Prune the roots every two years or when the plant becomes root-bound. To do this, carefully remove the plant from its container, and use pruning shears or a sharp knife to trim the roots back by about one-third. Repot the palm in fresh, well-draining soil and return it to its indoor environment. Regularly monitor the plant's health and adjust its care routine as needed to maintain optimal growth and appearance.