Bamboo Palm Tree: Delicate Lacey Fronds
Bamboo palm trees (Chamaedorea erumpens) are native to Mexico and
Central America, and are known for their delicate, lacey
These palm trees are the perfect indoor plant for
low-light areas in your home or office.
Bamboo palms add
graceful tropical beauty indoors as exotic house plants, as well as
outdoors in the garden or landscape.
Chamaedorea emprens (also known as Reed Palm and Chamaedorea seifrizii)
belongs to the Palmae family, and can be planted year round in USDA
hardiness zones 10 through 11.
If you live in a cool climate,
this palm tree can be displayed outdoors in a container during the warm
months, and then brought indoors during the winter.
Reed palms are shrub-like in appearance, and can grow four to twelve
feet tall, with a spread of three to five feet wide. When
grown indoors, average height is typically six to seven feet
tall. Light green bamboo-like canes (stems) grow up to one
inch in diameter.
The lacy, drooping palm fronds are green in color. The
evergreen leaflets are 4 to 8 inches in length. These palm
trees can be grown indoors as house plants, planted outdoors as a
border or tropical accent, or be used to screen off an area in the
garden or landscape.
Palm Care - Indoors
Bamboo palm trees are the perfect indoor palm to accent an entryway, or
display in an elegant room of the house that receives minimal
light. They are easy to grow indoors, and thrive with minimal
Tips for Reed Palm Care
Choose a location that is shady or receives low, indirect
light. Avoid indoor
locations that receive direct sunlight (will tolerate minimal exposure
The ideal daytime temperature ranges from 65°-75° F. Evening
temperature should not fall below 55° F. Keep palm away from
hot or cold drafts.
Bamboo palm trees require medium humidity. To provide
adequate humidity, spray palms with water once or twice a
week, or place plant container on a saucer filled with
pebbles and water (water should be just below the pebble level).
Soil & Fertilizer
– You can use a regular potting soil with coarse sand or peat added
into the mix. During growing period, fertilize every one to
three months with a liquid fertilizer diluted to ½ strength and mixed
Reed palm trees require moderate watering. Keep soil evenly
moist (not soaked – overwatering can cause root rot). The
best time to water this plant is when soil becomes dry to a depth of
one-half to one-third of the way down from the surface.
This plant requires minimal pruning. Only remove brown, dry
fronds that appear to drop.
Palm Care - Outdoors
These palms thrive in tropical climates, and can be planted year round
in hardiness zones 10-11. They can be planted outdoors in a
container or above-ground planter, as well as in the garden or
Tips for Planting, Care,
- Dig a hole as deep as the container and twice as wide.
- Add a mix of half compost and half soil to the hole, while
still leaving space for the palm tree.
- Place the plant in the hole - match the soil level with the
level of the material surrounding the palm. Keep in mind, new shoots
are delicate – handle bamboo palm tree with care.
- Be sure to water palm thoroughly. Soil should be evenly
- Be sure you choose a shady, low-light location.
- Allow 36 to 60 inches between plantings.
- Feed every four months with a high quality palm tree
- Do not plant this palm in a dry location. Bamboo
palms like moderate humidity.
- Palm frond tips will turn yellow if over-watering; tips
will turn brown if