Parlor Palm Tree: Single-Stemmed Elegance
Parlor palm trees (Chamaedorea elegans) are native to
Mexico and Guatemala, and are known for their single-stemmed
elegance. These palm trees prefer shady locations.
palm tree adds elegant tropical beauty indoors as an exotic house
well as outdoors in the garden or landscape.
elegans (also known as Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm, and Neanthebella)
belongs to the Arecacea family, and can be planted year round in USDA
hardiness zones 10B through 11.
If you live in a cool
this palm tree can be displayed outdoors in a container during the warm
months, and then brought indoors during the winter.
reach a height of four to eight feet tall, with a spread of two to
three feet wide. These medium green, single-stemmed palm
look best when several stems are planted together in groups.
single stems are topped with elegant palm fronds that are light to
medium green in color. The evergreen leaf blades are 4 to 8
inches in length.
These table top palms are popular as house
plants, and can be planted in containers or above-ground planters for
display in the garden or landscape.
Palm Care - Indoors
Parlor palm trees are the perfect indoor palm to accent an
entryway, or display in an elegant room of the house that receives
little sunlight. They are easy to grow indoors, and thrive
Tips for Houseplant Care
Choose a location that receives light to moderately
light. Too much sunlight will cause the leaves to turn
yellow-green in color.
The ideal daytime temperature ranges from 65°-75° F. Evening
temperature should not fall below 55° F. Keep palm away from
areas near hot or cold drafts.
Parlor palm trees require moderate to high humidity. To
provide adequate humidity, spray palms with water several times a
week, or place plant container on a saucer filled with
pebbles and water (water should be just below the pebble
level). You might consider placing a room humidifier near the
Soil & Fertilizer
– You can use a regular potting soil with coarse sand or peat added
into the mix. Feed monthly during spring and summer with a
slow-release fertilizer. During fall and winter, fertilize
every two to three months with a liquid fertilizer diluted to ½
strength and mixed into water.
Parlor palms require a thorough watering. Water this palm
tree until the water seeps out the drainage hole in the bottom of the
planter. Make sure there are no dry spots left in the
soil. During winter the best time to water this plant is when
soil becomes dry to a depth of two inches down from the surface.
Increase the size of the container by 3 to 4 inches to provide plenty
of room for the root system when repotting parlor palms.
Clean leaves with a damp cloth every two to three weeks to keep them
Palm Care - Outdoors
Parlor palms thrive in tropical climates, and can be planted year round
in hardiness zones 10B-11. They can be planted outdoors in a
container or above-ground planter, and make an exotic accent when
planted as a ground cover in a small garden or landscape space.
Basic Outdoor Care
- Be sure you choose a location with partial to full shade.
- If planted in a container, this palm can be brought indoors
for overwintering (necessary if you live in a cold climate).
- Plant in a location with fertile, well-draining soil.
- Fertilize once a month during the growing period with a
- Water thoroughly, keeping soil evenly moist during the
growing period. During winter, water when top two inches of
soil is dry.
- Parlor palm trees prefer moderate humidity.