5 most unpretentious indoor palm trees
The majestic and diverse palm trees even today remain one of the most beloved groups of indoor plants and are certainly the most popular indoor giants. Despite a significant discrepancy in size, leaf structure and decorative details, palm trees were always perceived as plants with significant common characteristics and requirements. But if you look closely, among the palm trees you can see both very capricious species that require special maintenance and care, as well as crops, the cultivation of which is possible for beginners. And equal to unpretentious palms of soloists really can not be found.
Not so different palm trees
Despite a significant discrepancy in the requirements for care and growing conditions for different genera and species of palm trees, the Palm family still remains a group of plants quite similar in their characteristics, which have only individual individual characteristics, but the basic requirements are almost identical. The main division of all palm trees into categories and subgroups concerns the features of their cultivation and the complexity of caring for these indoor giants. If one group of palm trees is considered friendly plants, which can be grown with due diligence without much effort, then the other includes plants that are not so easy to handle even in the specialized conditions of greenhouses or winter gardens.
All unpretentious palm trees can be considered cultures easy to care for, hardy and versatile. But their unpretentiousness has its own clearly defined boundaries, which should not be crossed in any circumstances. After all, their cultivation also has its own rules and regulations, the violation of which is dangerous not only for attractiveness, but also for the health of palm trees.
Unpretentious palm trees, which their capricious brethren, mainly came to us from the tropical latitudes of Africa (despite the fact that some palm trees come from the subtropics, still their requirements for conditions are most often closer to the requirements of other tropical plants). And first of all, they relate to the humidity of the substrate and air. Without exception, all palm trees love abundant, but rather rare watering, which is carried out with long pauses and is replaced by moderate and more frequent procedures during the period of rest and reduction of daylight hours. Not a single palm tree, even one of the most resistant species, will not even endure even the average drying of an earthen coma, not to mention the complete drought. Misses in watering, omissions of procedures turn around yellowing leaves at the palm trees, discoloration and the appearance of unpleasant brown dry spots, which cannot be eliminated without pruning. Palm trees are also sensitive to air humidity. The most unpretentious can tolerate a dry environment better than the most demanding species from this family, but still they will prefer to grow in conditions of high humidity and it is in a humid environment that will best reveal their beauty.
One of the main advantages of unpretentious palm trees is greater adaptability. Not a single palm tree likes sudden changes in conditions and care, they need to be adapted gradually to the new environment, but if changes are fatal for capricious species, then hardy ones adapt much more easily and with less damage. They can winter both in coolness and in warmth with rare exceptions, and the requirements for temperature values in unpretentious palm trees are far from strict.
Often the reason for the allocation of palm trees in the number of unpretentious species is its ability to withstand less intense lighting. Despite the fact that, without exception, palm trees are considered light-loving crops, hardy species can tolerate atypical conditions in living rooms and can be grown not only on window sills (it is often simply impossible to place plants on them because of their large size).
Unpretentious palm trees and other "habits" are related to each other:
- the same requirements for the soil, consisting of sod, sheet soil, humus and sand - universal, moisture-intensive, breathable and rather rough earth mixtures;
- reproduction mainly by seed method (for bushy palms - by separation);
- love of turning the crown for even growth.
But nevertheless, the main characteristic remains the presence of lesser requirements for care and conditions than for capricious types of palm trees.
Let's get acquainted with the five most friendly palm trees, the cultivation of which will not cause trouble even for beginner growers.
For a list of the most unpretentious indoor palm trees, see the next page.