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Chamaedorea elegans

parlour palm

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.45m to 1m
  • Growth HabitUpright palm-like
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green

Description

Chamaedorea elegans (parlour palm). An oval, palm-like bushy palm native to Mexico and Guatamala. Long glossy green leaves are lance-shaped to linear. Yellow spiked panicles appear in early spring. Grows to a height of 2m. This is a good upright bushy house-plant.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Palm

Other common names

good luck palm, palm

Origin

Mexico, Guatemala

Interest and use

Indoor plant

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 18C. and will need shade or semi-shade with humus-rich, well drained soil. You should water the containerized plants moderately, and less when temperatures are low.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed in the spring, Watch out for red spider mite may be troublesome.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites, mealy bugs and also, yellowing of the fronds due to direct sunlight.

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