Chamaedorea elegans or Parlour palm is slender-stemmed palm with a terminal tuft of pinnate, rich green leaves, to 60cm long, comprising 21-40 linear to lance-shaped leaflets. Tiny yellow flowers are borne in erect, simple or branched panicles, 15-30cm long, from spring to autumn, followed by small, spherical black fruit. Height 2-3m, Spread 1-2m. Native of Mexico, Guatemala.
Water once soil begins to dry. Do not overwater and ensure the plant has proper drainage to prevent root rot.
Low light will be tolerated but like all houseplants deep shade or no light at all will not go down well (unless it’s only for short periods). Some sun will be helpful, but harsh direct sunshine will scorch the leaves in time.
Warmth is needed for actual growth to occur 20°C (68°F) – 27°C (80°F). A lower temperature is fine as the plant will still survive providing it doesn’t dip much below 10°C (50°F), just be aware that slow or no growth might be symptom of the temperature being too cold.
fertilize about every three to four weeks with a water-soluble blend for houseplants. Just mix the product in the container you use for watering and apply with its regular water application.