Plant Care Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm

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Bamboo Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Bamboo Palm

One of the most popular of the houseplant palms, the bamboo palm is an excellent choice for adding a tropical flair to your space. The plant gets its name from its growth pattern which is very similar to that of bamboo. In their native habitat of Central America they can grow up to twelve feet, though houseplants tend to be smaller and reach around six feet in height. 🌴

Taxonomy

Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea
Arecaceae
Arecales

Also known as

Reed Palm

How to care for Bamboo Palm

💦 Water

How often to water your Bamboo Palm

Water needs for Bamboo Palm
0.5 cups
every 12

Bamboo Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bamboo Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bamboo Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bamboo Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bamboo Palm may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bamboo Palm in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bamboo Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bamboo Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bamboo Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Bamboo Palm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Bamboo Palm →

Common Bamboo Palm Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Bamboo Palm thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Bamboo Palm Water Frequency →

Bamboo Palm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bamboo Palm may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Bamboo Palm Light Requirements →

Bamboo Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Bamboo Palm is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Bamboo Palm doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Bamboo Palm Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Bamboo Palm does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bamboo Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bamboo Palm →


💩 Fertilizer

Bamboo Palm should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Bamboo Palm →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bamboo Palm to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Bamboo Palm is native to Tropical and Subtropical Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Bamboo Palm bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bamboo Palm is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Bamboo Palm →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bamboo Palm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bamboo Palm Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Bamboo Palm can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Bamboo Palm, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bamboo Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Bamboo Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Bamboo Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Bamboo Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Bamboo Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Bamboo Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@Valeriealvarez_ avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 77 XP
globe Quantico, VA
01/09/2022

He’s a whole bad bitch!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Brittany
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 3,436 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta
08/15/2021

Mine got spider mites pretty quickly after purchasing. But it’s a beautiful looking plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@LaylaSchropp avatar
@@LaylaSchropp
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Eugene, OR
06/26/2021

I’ve had it for a week and I find it a super relaxed parenthood and that it is low maintenance

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@tinybabysloth avatar
@@tinybabysloth
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 2,928 XP
06/03/2021

A bit tricky, but once it’s in the right environment and on the proper water schedule is a lovely and vibrant plant!

Antoinette avatar
@Antoinette
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 353 XP
globe Charlotte, NC
05/14/2021

The bamboo palm was my first plant. While she has decreased in leaves and size (I had to trim off lots of sun & water damage) she continues to put out a new leaf every now and again. I am learning her love language and hope I can save her.

Survivor Survivor
@kaylathrivesonlife29 avatar
@@kaylathrivesonlife29
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 3,202 XP
globe Mayfield Heights, OH
03/14/2021

I had a problem with browning at first but a little more soil management and a self watering pit have helped this beauty stay lush!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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