Parlor Palm - Watering and Care Tips

Chamaedorea elegans

This slow-growing, compact palm thrives in a variety of light situations and tight spaces. It’s dark green fronds create a bushy, lush plant perfect for tabletops, desks, and shelves.

The Parlor Palm will do best in bright, filtered light,  but will readily adapt to low light as well.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the Parlor Palm requires very little care and is an excellent air purifier.  This indoor plant is highly adaptable making it perfect for offices, businesses with less than ideal growing conditions.

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Quick Parlor Palm Stats

  • Parlor Palms enjoy low to medium indirect light.
  • The Parlor Palm has air cleaning properties. 
  • A Parlor Palm is a great plant for beginners. 
  • The Parlor Palm is pet-friendly.

Light Requirements

Parlor Palms are considered low-light palms, but that doesn't mean "no-light". They prefer bright filtered light but will adjust to low light areas. 

Water Requirements

Like many palms, they are sensitive to overwatering and cannot tolerate being waterlogged. Even moisture is ideal but err on the side of slightly too dry rather than too wet. Water even less during the winter when the plant is not actively growing. Brown leaf tips often indicate overwatering, while yellow fronds tell you the plant needs a bit more water.

Humidity Preference

Your Parlor Palm will thrive amazingly well in average humidity.

Optimum Temperature

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant can tolerate a low of 50 degrees but prefers normal room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

Plant Food

Fertilize only once in the spring with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Additional Care

Your Palm will benefit from regular mistings a few times a week to boost growth and prevent insect infestations.


Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

The Parlor Palm was featured in the September 2019 Lunarly Box.

Lunarly | Parlor Palm | September Box

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