Attractive Shade-Tolerant Plant
|Botanical Name:||Chamaedorea Elegans|
|Common Name:||Parlour Palm|
|Light:||Bright indirect light or shade|
|Watering:||Water when the compost is drying out because it stores water.|
|Feeding:||Weak dose of liquid fertiliser monthly throughout growing season|
Diameter: 40-50 cm
Plant ID: 11477 4view this plant size >
Chamaedorea Elegans is an architectural easy-care palm originating from the South American rainforests. It’ll reach 2-3 meters in the wild but in our houses about 1.5 metres is more usual.
Its popularity with the Victorians has led to the colloquial name ‘Parlour Palm’. Every self-respecting Victorian would have a palm in their parlour to welcome visitors – and often a cast-iron plant in the gloomy hallway. The attractive fronds, air-purifying aspects, and low maintenance care mean this beauty is still popular today. The RHS has awarded it the AGM so you know it’s a top choice.
The foliage is dark green with up to 40 feathery leaflets on either side of its long slender stems. It looks like bamboo, but it is very slow-growing and will take 10 years or more to reach its full height.
Parlour palm will live in shade or bright indirect light and will produce small yellow flowers in brighter spots. It’s a sophisticated, elegant choice for any room in the house so long as it isn’t near a radiator or in direct sunlight.
How To Water and Feed A Chamaedorea Elegans
Check your Parlour Palm every week and when the soil is dry down to a few centimetres soak the roots in a sink of water and leave it to drain. Make sure it doesn’t sit in a root rotting saucer of water - too dry is better than too wet.
It doesn’t need any fertiliser in the winter, but in spring and summer a monthly feed of weak houseplant fertiliser will help its growth. An occasional misting removes dust from the structural fronds and boosts its humidity, so pop it under a gentle, cool shower every month.
How Much Light Does Chamaedorea Elegans Need
Parlour palm happily grows in shade and bright indirect light. In shade, it will grow very slowly with deep green foliage but in lighter spots it will turn mid-green and may flower. The choice is yours, just be sure to keep it away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
Where To Put A Chamaedorea Elegans
Parlour Palm is a sophisticated choice for the living room or conservatory – if you have a Parlour you can’t choose a better plant! It also suits bedroom, dining rooms, studies, and anywhere that needs an architectural pop of colour and clean air.