Small palm trees for your tropical garden or non-tropical home.
Common name : Neanthe bella palm
Scientific name : Chamaedorea elegans
Family : Arecaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Chamaedorea elegans - Neanthe bella palm or parlour palm - is a species of small palm tree native to the rainforests in Southern Mexico, used in gardens in sub-tropical climates, growing to 2–3 m (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) tall with slender, cane-like stems.
Cultivated in temperate regions as a houseplant, it grows to 2 m (6 ft 7 in) tall with very slow growth, tolerating low levels of humidity and bright indirect light.
Sowing & planting
150 - 300
Identify my neanthe bella palm
Chamaedorea are palm trees with one or more cane like stems, pinnate leaves or fishtail shaped, arched, alternate or in a bouquet. The flowers are very discreet, with three petals. The plant usually takes a cup habit, and can measure between 1 and 3 meters.
Plant my neanthe bella palm
In pots, plant in rather peaty potting soil, and spread a layer of gravel at the bottom of the tank for good drainage.
Choose a medium pot, Chamaedorea reach 3 m once adults! Plant without damaging the roots, and especially without burying the base of the trunk. Place the pot in in moderate light, otherwise your dwarf palm tree may gradually wither. Avoid direct light: behind a window, the little veil from granny will do the trick :)
Sow my neanthe bella palm
If you were lucky enough to have had flowers, or if you find seeds, know that it will not be easy, but fun!
After soaking the seeds overnight, the seeds may be sown in the spring at 25 ° C.
Repot my neanthe bella palm
Every two or three years, repot your palm tree, cut 1/3 of the roots, and replace 1/3 of the earth. If it is too big to be handled you can replace the top layer of soil with new potting soil, or some compost on about ten centimeters.
Water my neanthe bella palm
The water requirements of these palms are quite variable depending on the season! Water up to twice a week in season, and very little in winter. Remember: these dwarf palms come from humid forests, they appreciate more water than their cousins.
Prune my neanthe bella palm
You can prune the dryed leaves, it does not hurt, it's prettier, and it even stimulates regrowth!
Shelter my neanthe bella palm
Keep your potted palm trees sheltered from frost by bringing them inside, near a window but protecting them from the sun - it is a forest plant, and prefers partial shade.
Put outside my neanthe bella palm
In April-May, in any case after the last frosts, if you can, take out your pots! Hop, everyone outside! Find a location sheltered from the wind, and not too sunny either, at least the first days: the areca will appreciate a smooth transition !
Check on my neanthe bella palm
Indoors, attacks of red spider and mealybugs are possible: they cause damage to the leaves.
A simple washing with a cloth and clear water helps to stop these attacks.
Spray my neanthe bella palm
To compensate for the low air moisture inside, you can spray the palms with non-calcareous water and place a cup filled with clay balls and water under the plant.
Remember to regularly remove the dust that is deposited on the palms with a wet sponge: the leaves will perform better photosynthesis!