Atherton Palm

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How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular variety. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all Indoor Plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

The Atherton Palm is a very adaptable, highly attractive Australian palm. It is slow growing and well suited to indoor pot culture and can exhibit interesting red / brown young fronds before they turn green as they mature. It features slender trunks topped with arching fronds. Solitary specimens will grow taller than the clumping specimens.


Do not allow more than the top 3cm to dry out in between watering, keep evenly moist, but well drained.


Medium indirect light. If putting outside, find a shady spot.

Temperature and Humidity

Suits normal indoor temperatures, can tolerate colder temperatures, but avoid hard frosts. Likes humidity. Benefits from taking outside and spraying, or from putting in the shower.


Apply slow release fertiliser at half the normal rate, supplement with liquid fertiliser during a growth period (summer usually).


You can leave an Atherton Palm for many years in the same pot, as long as you can still get water through the pot, it will survive. If you allow it to become potbound, its growth will slow down, and when you repot it, it will be less likely to suffer shock, than if growing rapidly.


Use cacti and succulent potting mix, or another similarly free draining sandy mix. Go up only one pot size, and try to damage the roots as little as possible during the process.
Best if trimmed as little as possible, just remove any dead fronds.

Give an annual flush out to remove any accumulated salts.


Scale, mealy bugs and mites can occasionally be a problem. Wipe down with neem oil occasionally as a preventative and treatment.