Plant Care Parlour Palm

Parlour Palm

4.4 out of 5 (414 experiences)

Parlour Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Parlour Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Parlour Palm

Did you know the genus name Chamaedorea comes from the Ancient Greek roots meaning "gift on the ground"? These small palms max out at 20ft/6m tall so their fruits were always easy to grab. They're native to the tropical Americas and these days they're commonly found as houseplants around the world!

Taxonomy

Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea
Arecaceae
Arecales

Also known as

Neanthe Bella Palm

How to care for Parlour Palm

Water

How often to water your Parlour Palm

Water needs for Parlour Palm
0.5 cups
every 12

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

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 Parlour Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Parlour Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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Growing Parlour Palm in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Parlour Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Parlour Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight will decrease by 32.5% ☀️

November 29th, 2022

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 32.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Parlour Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 30th, 2022

This month, Boston is getting an average of 8.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.9 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Parlour Palm in your home

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

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

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Parlour Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Parlour 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 Parlour Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Parlour Palm

Nutrient needs for plant Parlour Palm in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 27th, 2022

The growing potential in Boston is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Parlour 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!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Parlour Palm

Parlour Palm

Parlour Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Parlour Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 198
Parlour Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 134
Parlour Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 115
Parlour Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 97
Parlour Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 32
Parlour Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
Parlour Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 14
Mirandaaplanet avatar
@Mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 120 Plants
xp 8,283 XP
04/03/2022

i put this on a shelf w a water globe and leave it for like a month and it’s happy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Anewmoonstone
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 127 XP
01/25/2022

This is the second one I’ve had, because the first one got gnats. :( However, these guys are decently hearty

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

These plants can grow to be massive plants and all the leaves on these look so well all together. I found that these plants can brown quite easily but with high humidity, filtered water and no direct sunlight they will love it

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Saundra avatar
@Saundra
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 3,265 XP
globe Cleveland, OH
01/01/2022

I find it very finicky. Must be closely watched and perfectly watered.

Browns easily Browns easily
Opheliaio avatar
@Opheliaio
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,676 XP
globe Attleboro, MA
12/03/2021

make sure you keep your parlour palms humid and well-watered! they can dry out easily and perish. mine is doing fine but i have to keep a constant eye on her.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Krisza avatar
@Krisza
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 138 XP
globe New York
11/30/2021

My cat snacks on this guy all the time and it’s resilient! Beautiful leaves.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Eagle avatar
@Eagle
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,794 XP
11/28/2021

This app states that this plant is toxic to pets and should contact poison control if ingested. This is wrong and the ASPCA lists:

Additional Common Names: Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, Good Luck Palm, Bamboo Palm
Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans
Family: Palmae
Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cocoqueen avatar
@Cocoqueen
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 135 XP
globe Madison, WI
11/08/2021

Give it good sunlight

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Missjazzage
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 3,268 XP
11/05/2021

Have been struggling to keep this one happy since I acquired it. Didn’t start off well as I know I didn’t give it as much water as it needed and my cats had a field day chewing the leaves. Top leaves browned easily. Could be a case of not sitting in the right location.

Browns easily Browns easily
Bellatrecca avatar
@Bellatrecca
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 350 XP
10/29/2021

kinda tough

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Elaine avatar
@Elaine
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Arlington, MA
10/28/2021

A cat friendly and beautiful plant. Does well with filtered light.

Survivor Survivor
Mintybobcat avatar
@Mintybobcat
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 656 XP
10/20/2021

Not that interesting

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Suzannah avatar
@Suzannah
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 554 XP
10/19/2021

This plant currently lives in my bathroom, on a window sill with no direct light. It seems to cope well with my sporadic watering (when I remember too!). No issues with browning leaves as per other comments I’ve seen. Survives well in this environment when other plants really haven’t!

Survivor Survivor
Cindy2016 avatar
@Cindy2016
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 169 XP
globe Indianapolis, IN
10/19/2021

Adds elegance to any room.

Cindy2016 avatar
@Cindy2016
leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Indianapolis, IN
10/19/2021

This plant just looks so elegant. Adds a beautiful ambiance to my living room.

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@Earthling.olive
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 602 XP
10/09/2021

My parlour palm was one of my first ever plants!! It is very tolerant of light as I have experimented a lot with it, it grows very fast, and it is fairly sturdy. The only down side is that with any direct light, the leaves will burn. The leaves brown very easily and will also show the chlorination of the water in its leaves. They’re also very prone to pests so spraying frequently with been oil and checking the leaves is a must.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Bigshe64 avatar
@Bigshe64
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 2,237 XP
globe Ephrata, PA
09/29/2021

Keep out of direct sun

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@Corbeaumortis
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 269 XP
09/28/2021

Can be pretty sensitive, but if watched over well, the foliage is beautiful

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,471 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
09/27/2021

My parlor palm is two mini plants put together had to hang them high because my cats where having a feist with the leaves but as far as that I love him

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 5,475 XP
09/26/2021

I have had this Parlour Palm since March/ April. It’s positioned in a room with a south facing window, a meter away from the window. I repotted it since purchasing. I know Parlour Palms are hardy as I work at a place where they have not been well cared for. What I do know they do not like direct sunlight. The leaves brown when exposed to direct sunlight.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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