Learn how to take care of 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 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.
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. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Normal to higher humidity.
Average home temperature of 15°F-25°C or warmer up to 35°C. If you’re comfortable, the Parlor Palm is comfortable.
A well cared for Parlor Palm can reach 10 – 12’ tall.
SYMPTOM: Brown, crispy tips
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, low humidity
SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, black stems
This plant is not toxic to pets and has air-purifying qualities.