Learn how to care for the Parlor Palm!
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 once a year, as their roots like to relax. 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.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light and can tolerate low indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.
Average home 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.
SYMPTOM: Leaf tips browning
CAUSE: Underwatered or low humidity
SYMPTOM: Yellow leaves and/or black stems
SYMPTOM: Webbing on undersides of leaves
CAUSE: Spider Mites. Wipe down top and bottom of leaves with soapy water and isolate from surrounding plants.
This plant is not toxic to pets and has air-purifying qualities.
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