Parlour Palm

Chamaedorea elegans

Dwarf Mountain Palm, Good-Luck Palm

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Chamaedorea elegans is commonly grown for its slender-stemmed foliage. This rhizomatous, evergreen palm originates from tropical and subtropical areas in the Americas. It has highly divided foliage, forming many leaflets which fan out attractively. This plant is an extremely popular houseplant due to the lush green leafy appearance and its tolerance to low light levels. Tiny yellow flowers are borne on erect panicles between spring and autumn, followed by spherical black fruits. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Sow at a temperature above 25ºC.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Mexico, Guatemala

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Use as an architectural specimen grown in containers for patios in urban settings or indoor settings such as conservatories or glass houses.

Personality

Family

Arecaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

It can also suffer from false smut on the leaves.
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