Metal Palm, Miniature Fishtail Palm
A remarkable palm tree with leaves exhibiting a metallic sheen, best seen when grown in shaded conditions. Its compact size and need for shade make it an ideal house plant – and it is produced by the thousand for this purpose world-wide.
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Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary trunked palm from the rainforests of Southeastern Mexico, slowly growing a slender, ringed stem that carries a crown of simple, fish-tail lobed (bifid) leaves that curve inwards and are textured with the leaf veins.
It’s found on the dense wet forest understory along the Atlantic limestone slopes, up to 600 m in elevation.
It’s an incredibly tolerant plant to drought, despite its origin.
Care & Size Guidance
Keep away from bright light.
Although a tropical plant, the Chamadorea metallica will cope for a short time with temperatures down to 5 degrees.
Regular watering is preferred in the growing season but it is important for no standing water in the pot which can encourage root rot.
Use a balanced organic sea weed based fertiliser in the growing season. Avoid applying the fertiliser too close to the base of the plant.
This clump forming palm tree can be easily propagated by division of the root mass, just before the growing period starts.