Palms: Summer Care for Your Frondy Friends

Palms: Summer Care for Your Frondy Friends

Indoor palms add a touch of tropical elegance to any space, creating a serene and refreshing atmosphere. However, summer can be challenging for these majestic beauties. With a wee bit of attention and care, you can ensure your indoor palms stay healthy and lush throughout the season. Don’t know where to start? Use this guide to help you make sure your plant is ready for the hot days of summer!

Adjust Watering Routine

In summer, palms tend to need more water due to the higher temperatures and increased evaporation. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Use room-temperature water to avoid shocking the roots, and always ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent root rot.


Increase Humidity

Indoor palms thrive in humid environments, which can be a challenge during the hot and often dry summer months. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, placing a humidifier nearby, or setting the pot on a tray filled with water and pebbles. This will help replicate the palm’s natural tropical habitat.

Adequate Light

Most indoor palms prefer bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, leading to brown tips and spots. Place your palm near a window with filtered light or in a well-lit room. If natural light is insufficient, consider using grow lights to supplement.

Fertilize Wisely

Summer is the growing season for palms, making it the perfect time to fertilize. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to provide the necessary nutrients. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to salt buildup in the soil, which can do more harm than good.

Watch for Pests

Warmer weather can bring out pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your palm for any signs of infestation, such as discolored leaves or webbing. If you spot pests, treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil to prevent them from spreading.

Repot if Needed

If your palm has outgrown its pot, summer is a good time to repot. Choose a pot that is one size larger and use a well-draining potting mix. Repotting gives the roots more room to grow and can rejuvenate the plant. 

And as always, don’t forget to check out our Happy Plant Guarantee if you received yours from us recently! 

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