Parlor Palm Care Sheet

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  • Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans
  • Common Name(s): Parlor palm, Neanthe bella palm
  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Moderate
  • Soil: Potting Mix
  •  Pet Friendly: Yes

 

 

Description & Care Instructions:

The Parlor Palm has been used as an indoor plant for the last century. This attractive little plant was first discovered in Central America and brought back to the United States, where it immediately became a popular indoor palm.

 

Light:

These plants do well with varying levels of light. While they are forgiving plants when it comes to lighting, they will do best in bright, indirect light.

 

Watering:

Water when the soil no longer feels damp. The Parlor Palm is susceptible to overwatering. The roots do not do well in soggy soil and your plant will get root rot. If you are not sure how often to water your plant, simply stick your finger into the soil and if the top inch or so feels dry then it needs water. Yellowing leaves are also an indication of not enough water.

 

Temp & Humidity:

The Parlor Palm does well in room temperature environments (65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, 18 to 27 C). While the Parlor Palm can handle short periods in cooler temps, keep them above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 C). Frost will kill the plant. Keep them away from air conditioning vents and drafts as well.

 Average humidity levels are acceptable for the Parlor Palm. If you notice brown tips make sure your plant is not near a draft and that your humidity levels are not too low. If need be, place your plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase humidity.

 

Soil:

Use a quality peat-based potting mix. Do not allow the soil to break down and become "spongelike".

 

Feeding:

Parlor Palms are light feeders. Fertilize with a diluted liquid fertilizer twice during the Spring and Summer months and do not feed at all during the Fall and Winter months.