While there's a wide range of houseplant palms available, most have similar growing needs: a bright spot (the brightest spot you can give them in most cases) and a watering when the top inch or two of the potting soil starts to dry out. As with any indoor plants, grow houseplant palms in containers that have drainage holes so excess water can escape. One relatively common problem palms can have is brown leaf tips. This browning may occur from a number of factors, including: Dry air (remedy brown leaf tips by supplying your houseplant palm with more humidity), too much fertilizer (giving your palm too much fertilizer at one time or over the course of time can make the leaf tips go brown), being kept too dry (if palms suffer from dry soil too long, they'll start to lose the tips of their leaves). Note: Houseplant palms are not intended to be eaten by humans or animals.