A must have for any Victorian parlour, the Parlour Palm has truly stood the test of time as a houseplant, never really falling out of favour - and for good reason! Lush foliage on long slender canes provides wonderful texture, and they are rarely picky about their environment.
Though slow growing, given the right care and conditions they can grow up to 2m tall indoors.
Growing up to 2m indoors, the Parlour Palm has been a popular houseplant in Europe since it was brought from Central America in the 1800's.
Grown as a cluster of canes, the wide pinnate leaves create a wonderful bushy plant which instantly adds texture and interest to a space.
The accepted botanical name is Chamaedorea elegans, but is also often referred to as Neanthe bella. It's commonly known as Parlour Palm, Neanthe Bella Palm.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Chamaedorea elegans (aka Neanthe bella), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Pot on to a larger pot every year until the plant reaches the desired size, or wait until stems begin to crowd the pot or the compost no longer retains water.
Feed with half strength organic plant food once a month throughout the growing season.
Happy in almost any lighting conditions, but may be scorched in very hot sunny conditions. If you're eager to grow the plant larger, give it as much bright light as you can.
Let the compost dry out a little inbetween waterings, but never allow to dry completely. Roots are vulnerable to root rot so make sure the compost isn't kept constantly moist.
Growth stops below about 10ºC, and leaf damage may occur after extended peroids of time below 10ºC. Ideal growth temperatures are 15ºC and up.
The Parlour Palm is very easy to care for. It doesn't mind a bit of neglect, though excessively dry or constantly wet compost may damage the roots and lead to canes drying out and dying.
It's makes a great starter plant and a low-maintenance gift!
While non-toxic to cats and dogs, we recommend you keep it out of their way for the plants sake, since the leaves are grass-like in appearance and may be tempting for them to nibble on.