How To Regrow Your Indoor Palms After They've Broken

I had this friend in Arizona who said his grandmother could regrow any plant they had that was dying. They would just bring over the wreckage and she would nurse them back to health. This was maybe six or seven years ago, but I vividly remember really wanting to earn that reputation someday. Projects like this make me feel like I'm on the right track. I really couldn't find a blog post or even a YouTube video on regrowing indoor palms. So, this project is strictly applied knowledge and no research. What had happened to this palm is that it had completely flopped over. I found it in a shady spot at a friend's house. The plant was still attached but completely bent and lying on the floor. So, I asked if I could take it home and try and revive it. 

So like I said, I was online for a while looking for how to regrow a broken palm, to no avail. While I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for at the time, I did find new inspiration for some projects that are a secret for now. Not because I don't want to share, but because every time I announce a project before it's done, it never works out. It's my little blog jinx. Anyways, usually when I'm growing things in water, I change it every few days, but I was gone for two weeks while this palm was sprouting roots. So, it had to stay in the same old water, unfortunately. This didn't seem to slow it down at all, so I was pretty excited to come back and see that it had successfully grown roots. If you're doing this at home, I would definitely recommend changing the water, but if for some reason you can't I really think you'll be fine. I was. 

The picture on the left is what it looked like when I first picked it. The picture on the right is after being in the water for a few days. Sorry about the quality. They were both taken indoors, with the flash on. 

It started to look healthier pretty fast, as you can probably tell. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • A palm that has broken off at the stem
  • Enough water to cover approximately half of the stem
  • A vase or container - one that is tall and thin is better for this


  • Fill the vase with water.
  • Place the plant inside and put it a shady, warm place. Change the water every 2-3 days.
  • The plant should sprout roots after approximately 3 weeks. 
  • After the plant has sprouted roots, it's be ready to plant. I used the pot below. Tall, thin plants can be hard to plant. So, what I did was loosen the dirt a bit and kind of twist it into the dirt. Make sure all the new roots are planted inside the dirt.