Chamaedorea elegans, also known as the Neanthe Bella Parlor Palm, is one of our favorite true palms. Parlor Palms are native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas. With the right care and many, many repottings, the Parlor Palm can grow to well over six feet tall. But do not repot more than 2-3 years, as they don’t like their roots to be disturbed. Although in the same family as coconuts and dates, which produce edible fruit from flowers at the top of the plant, this plant produces inedible fruit from flowers at the base of the plant. Cultivated since the Victorian era, this species of palm is prized for its resilience to indoor conditions and reliable habit.
This palm is also called the Bamboo Palm because it has attractive bamboo-like stems that also spread similarly to bamboo. The Parlor Palm is a wonderfully graceful indoor plant that is easy to maintain and grow.
Parlor Palm Plant Care Tips
Here’s a quick guide about what Parlor Palm plants need and some pointers for keeping them healthy.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light and can tolerate low indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun. Learn more about these light requirements.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Here are more tips on watering plants.
Normal to higher humidity.
Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F or warmer up to 85°F. If you’re comfortable, the Parlor Palm is comfortable.
A well cared for Parlor Palm can reach 10 - 12’ tall.
Common Problems with Parlor Palms
SYMPTOM: Brown, crispy tips
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, low humidity
SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, black stems
Benefits of a Parlor Palm Plant
The Parlor Palm plant is not toxic to pets such as cats and dogs and has air-purifying qualities. This makes the Parlor Palm Plant a great plant for first time plant owners and plant lovers
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