Chamaedorea elegans: Parlor palm

Family: Arecaceae
Common name: Parlor palm, Neanthe belle palm

Parlor palms are a species of small palm trees, currently the most sold houseplants in the world. For the simple reason that they thrive both indoors and outdoors, with very little watering and sunlight. The palms could grow up to 12 feet outdoors, but indoors, it mostly stays between 2 feet to 6 feet. They grow in small clusters of multiple small plants, making it a very attractive potted plants. Since the plants don’t mind crowding, there is no need to re-pot very often. What more could you ask for?!

Parlor palm leaves are widely used in flower arrangements since the leaves stay healthy even a month after cutting. Younger leaves are a beautiful light green, and older leave are a dark glossy green.

When grown outdoors, the plant produces big bunches of light green or yellow flowers, and also seeds. These palm plants are slow growers taking many years to reach their full height. Watering should be done after testing the soil to see if it has dried out, since palm plants usually suffer from over-watering than under-watering.

Another palm plant that can be grown indoors is Butterfly palm or Dypsis Lutescens.

Propagation is from seeds. Separating plants at the root is also possible, though not recommended.

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