Practically Perfect Palms
Your super simple guide to caring for your indoor palms
Palms are a hardy bunch and even new plant owners should feel confident that they can make their Pamelas or Mikey Mikes thrive without too much stress.
Where's my happy place?
Both Pamela and Mikey Mike like hanging out in places with partial shade and indirect sunlight. This means kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms are all perfect spots for these two. Try to keep them out of direct sunlight, so no west facing windowsills, because their delicate leaves might burn. Don’t worry if you don’t know which way is west (we don’t either!), just download a compass app and you’re good to go.
Watering & Feeding
Pamela and Mikey Mike like their soil to be moist most of the time. The best way to make sure of this is to take your pointing finger and poke it into the soil halfway between the rim of their plastic pot and their stems. If it is dry up to your second knuckle, they need a water.
When you do water them, take them out of her decorative pot so they’re just dressed in her plastic pot. Water them with rainwater or purified water if you can (she will love you for it), though tap water will work too, and water her so thoroughly that the water runs out of the bottom of their plastic pots. With smaller Pamelas, leave her in the sink for an hour so the water can drain. With the bigger Pamelas or Mikey Mike, maybe try leaving them in the bathtub or shower after watering.
Mikey Mike loves it when the air is humid, which is one reason a bathroom is such a good spot for him. If he is elsewhere, spray some water over his leaves once a day.
Neither needs much feeding, in fact we recommend you don’t feed them at all in the first year. Then once every three weeks or so using an ordinary fertiliser between March and September.
Pamela is a slow grower, so you’ll only need to repot her once every few years and only when you see her roots growing out the bottom of her plastic pot. Pick a new pot that is about two inches taller than the last one.
Pamela does best when she is repotted at the start of spring. Water her thoroughly when you take her out of her old home, it will make the process easier. Cut away any very dark or soft roots from the outside of the ball, as they are rotten. Nestle her on a layer of soil in her new pot so that the root ball is around an inch below the rim and fill the new pot will soil. Water her again for everything to settle and put her somewhere out of direct but bright sunlight for a few weeks to recover. Kitchens are generally good spots for this.
Mikey Mike hates being repotted. He’s already a pretty big lad and likes being that way. We do not recommend repotting him.
Brown tips on leaves - this is caused by fluoride in tap water. Try watering the plants using distilled or rain water.
Drooping, sad looking leaves are signs that you’re over watering. Let the soil dry out to two inches below the surface before watering again.
I’m going on holiday, how should I make sure my plant is ok?
Ask a neighbour or someone you trust to pop in once a week to water them, more if it is hot. Make sure they’re not sitting in the sun all day. They’re tough plants, they should be fine.