One of the most popular palms for the home, Chamaedorea elegans (also known as Neanthe elegans) has long, arching leaves divided into pairs of leaflets on each side of the central midrib.
Chamaedorea Elegans Palmae PARLOR PALM indoor plant images picture collection
It eventually develops a short trunk and after three or four years may produce sprays of tiny yellow flowers. It remains a small, compact plant and is easy to look after. Young plants are particularly suitable for terrariums.
Because of their slow growth rate, older, larger plants can be very expensive; small young plants are a better buy. The parlor palm is also known as the good luck or dwarf mountain palm.
ORIGIN Mexico; Guatemala.
HEIGHT To 6ft/1.8m after several years.
POTTING MIX Soil-based mixed with added peat moss.
REPOTTING Necessary only when the roots have completely filled the pot; firm soil gently but thoroughly around the roots.
PROPAGATION From seed. Practicable only by specialists.
KEEPING PLANTS Plants will survive for many years if good growing conditions are provided.
- Moderately bright light or light shade.
- Minimum winter temperatures of 50°-55°F/10“-13°C. Keep the soil moist during the growing season; allow the top third to dry out between waterings in winter.
- Mist the foliage regularly and stand the plants on a tray of moist pebbles to increase humidity.
- Apply halfstrength liquid fertilizer monthly during the growing period only.
- Brown tips to the leaves are usually caused by an excessively dry atmosphere. Increase the humidity.
- Sprays of tiny yellow flowers may appear on a 3- to 4-year-old plant if it is grown in good light.
- Dry-looking leaves with a silvery or mottled appearance may indicate attack by red spider mites.
- Maintain a humid atmosphere to combat this pest.