Not only is Parlour Palm effortlessly chic, it's one of the top plants for purifying the air in the home.
Neat, compact and very undemanding, award-winning Parlour Palm (botanically known as Chamaedorea elegans) has long been a popular choice of houseplant, known for its unfussy nature and tolerance to indoor conditions. Fresh foliage and living greenery in the home adds the perfect final touches to your style, also creating a relaxing, beautiful space. It's beneficial to your health too, this plant is well-known for its air purifying qualities! Preferring lower light levels, it's ideal for the places in your home which are well lit, but further away from the window. Welcome this plant into your home and over the years it'll put on plenty of new strong, upright stems which unfurl into glorious, large pointed palm leaves, eventually bushing out into a fabulous feature.
An easy-to-grow houseplant with an unfussy nature. A great natural air purifier - enjoy it in your home or office!
Plant Type: Houseplant
Hardiness: H1 Very tender. Indoor plant suitable for home or conservatory.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 1m x 80cm (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Parlour Palms do best in a partially shaded spot out of direct sunlight. They can be positioned on north or east-facing windowsills when small, but are best positioned slightly away from the window in west or south-facing rooms. When they're happy, they produce plenty of new leaves and will need repotting every few years into a slightly larger pot, using multipurpose or houseplant compost.
Water them regularly - poke your finger into the compost and if it feels dry give it some water, allowing the excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. During winter, it will need only occasional watering - much less than when in growth during the spring and summer months. Mist the leaves regularly, especially in rooms where humidity is low.
For best results, feed regularly using a houseplant fertiliser between April and September. Before feeding, ensure the compost is already slightly moist with water otherwise the feed could burn the roots.
The only pruning required is the occasional removal of dead leaves, which should be snipped off at the base with a sharp pair of secateurs.