Chamaedorea elegans

Parlour Palm

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An exceptionally elegant feather-leafed palm that forms slender, reedy trunks, the Parlour Palm is a staple classic that deserves a place in every household.

Native to the rainforest understory in southern Mexico and Guatemala, Chamaedorea elegans has been popular as a house plant since its arrival in the 1800s. It has proved to possess a timeless appeal, having become one of the most popular houseplants in the world, and for good reason.

Origin: Central America
Genus: Chamaedorea
Species / Cultivar: elegans
Common Name: Parlour Palm
Synonym: Neanthe bella

Plant Biography

This iconic palm has been grown as a houseplant since Victorian times, gracing ‘parlours’ throughout the land, hence its common name the ‘Parlour Palm’.

The Victorians used their parlours to receive and impress guests, decorating them with their most lavish and luxurious possessions. Certainly impressive, C. elegans’ lush, deep green foliage and dense organic form have remained chic all this time, making it a perfect choice for just about any space.

Chamaedorea elegans
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >8°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

Feed in the growing season in spring and summer if you wish to speed up growth rates.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Unlike some palms suited for keeping indoors, Parlour Palms wont quickly take over the space they’re placed in due to their slow growing nature. What’s more, whilst they can grow up to a mighty 8 foot tall outdoors in their natural environment, their ultimate height grown indoors in the UK is a more manageable 4 foot.

Whilst they thrive best in bright indirect light, one of the appealing factors of a Chamaedorea elegans is how well it can still survive in shade and dry air, making it a brilliant gift for novice plant owners.

In milder locations C. elegans can potentially even be kept outdoors, surviving down to -6C or lower under evergreen canopy when given sufficient wrapping to protect the leaves.


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