One of the most popular houseplant palms in the world, this week we wanted to share some background on the renowned Parlour Palm. A miniature palm native to the rainforests in Southern Mexico and Guatemala. Distinguished by its bamboo-style slender stems and crescent-shaped light green fronds, this resilient and compact plant is ideal for the beginner planter or valued by the seasoned houseplant collector!
Also referred to as Chamaedorea Neanthe Bella or table palm this reed-like plant is a simple addition to any space as it requires minimal care and maximum impact. With its adaptive nature and ability to improve air quality this dainty-like plant adds a perfect touch of calm to any interior!
Information, Care & Maintenance for Chamaedorea Neanthe Bella
Growth: Parlour palms are slow growers that will range in height from 2-3’. With good lighting, your plant could potentially grow clusters of flowers.
Light: Parlour palms require low, indirect light. When choosing the ideal spot for your plant, it will thrive best in a place that it receives a little sun in the early morning or late afternoon.
Watering: Water your plant well and wait until the surface and inch or so below the soil surface have dried out before watering again. Parlour palms are forgiving plants and will do better if they are under-watered as opposed to over water.
Potting: Ensure that you choose a pot with drainage holes and a tray to catch excess water. After watering your plant, be sure to check that excess water is poured out from the drip tray to avoid root rot.
Fertilizer: Use a 20-20-20 all-purpose fertilizer every two weeks.
Temperature: Choose an environment where temperatures stay between 60 °F – 80 °F.
Most common issues identified with Parlor Palms:
- Brown tips- caused by dry air conditions, increase humidity in location or re-locate plant
- Brown spots- caused by overwatering or temperatures being too cold
- Yellow leaves- caused by allowing the root ball to dry out, required more frequent watering