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Chamaedorea elegans

Parlour Palm

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Parlour Palm Plant Care

Learn All About Parlour Palm Care with our Guide

Parlour palm is native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala where it grows on the rainforest floor. Although it prefers a warm and humid environment, parlour palm’s tolerance to cooler and drier conditions helped it to become a popular houseplant in Victorian times.

Caring for your Parlour Palm


The parlour palm is known as a low-light plant but will do best if it receives plenty of indirect sunlight. Aim for a north-facing window that is sheltered from direct sun. Too much direct sunlight can cause your palms leaves to scorch.

Soil & Nutrients

A parlour palm will be happy in any good quality potting mix, but a peat-free mix is recommended. Use a half strength liquid fertiliser every second month during the growing season (May to August).


Parlour palms like a moderate amount of water and are susceptible to overwatering. In the spring and summer wait until the top few centimetres of soil are dry before watering, and reduce watering in the autumn and winter. Yellowing leaves suggest the plant isn’t getting enough water.

Climate & Humidity

As parlour palms are native to the rainforest, it is no surprise that they prefer warm and humid conditions. However, they are tolerant to most household environments. If your palm has brown tips, try moving the plant away from any draughts and misting it to increase humidity.


Parlour palms are pretty low maintenance once they are established and have small root systems that grow slowly so won’t need repotting for several years. Keep the leaves clean of dust by wiping them with a damp cloth and prune any yellow or dead fronds.


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