Free Chamaedorea Elegans Plants

A compact, dwarf-sized palm that was formerly known by the Latin name Neanthe bella. Two or three plants are often sold together in the same pot and should not be separated as it is easy to tear the intertwined roots and kill the plants. The Chamaedorea thrives on a combination of moderately moist compost and fairly high humidity. Excessively dry air will turn the tips and edges ofthe fronds brown. If this should happen, they can be trimmed with sharp scissors, taking care to leave a thin edge of dead tissue. Apart from making an excellent specimen plant, the Chamaedorea is an ideal subject for a mixed grouping, especially when it is small, and this also helps to keep the humidity high. It can, however, cause a problem with pests, as the plant appeals to a number of pests that can be easily transferred.

Plant type : Palm with bushy fronds and compact, erect habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 30-90cm (12—36in)
Flower : Uninteresting flower spike which can be cut off if not required
Leaf : Fronds, 15-60cm (6—24in), mid green
Temperature : 20-24°C (68 — 75°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderately well-lit position, away from any direct sunlight
Humidity : Reasonably high
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist all year round, but allow to get on the dry side occasionally
Feeding : Once every three to four weeks with half strength houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Sow seeds in seed and cutting compost at 21 -24°C (70—75°F) in late spring to early summer; but note that seed germination is very difficult. irregular and slow
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Rotting of stem base and roots, yellowing of fronds in direct sunlight, red spider mite, mealy bug, root mealy bug, scale insect
Availability : Commonly available
Uses indoors : Useful in most rooms, including offices, in position away from direct sunlight.