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Palm Care

Palms are robust, low maintenance, and a classic addition to any plant collection. Though Palms are unmistakably tropical, their elegant fronds will complement any decor. Palms tend to grow slowly, so you don’t need to worry about them outgrowing their spot too quickly

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How to care for your Palm

While all plants in the Palm family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.

Parlor Palm

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LIGHT

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

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

Your Parlor Palm will thrive amazingly well in average humidity.

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.

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.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

Chinese Fan Palm

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LIGHT

Your Chinese Fan Palm will do best with bright indirect light. Getting too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves. It can tolerate medium light, but avoid low light situations, as its growth will slow.

WATER

Water your Chinese Fan Palm when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Never let them sit in water or soggy soil, as this will cause root rot.

HUMIDITY

Your Chinese Fan Palm will thrive in average household humidity, but will appreciate any added humidity you can give it. Make your palm happy by misting it a few times a week, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray to boost moisture.

TEMPERATURE

Your Chinese Fan Palm will do best in normal room temperatures between 65-85 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heating vents.

FOOD

Feed your Chinese Fan Palm every month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

Additional Care

Your Chinese Fan Palm tends to grow towards the light. If you want to keep your palm looking its best, rotate it every month so that it will stay full and lush.

Toxicity

Your Chinese Fan Palm is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

Majesty Palm

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LIGHT

Majesty Palms can adapt to low light levels but will be happiest in a sunny spot in your home. Avoid extended exposure to direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves. Your Majesty Palm will thrive indoors if they receive approximately 4-6 hours of bright, indirect light per day.

WATER

Maintaining the correct soil moisture is key to keeping your palm happy and healthy. The soil should be constantly moist, but not soggy—never let the soil dry out completely, or sit in water. Make sure that the soil can drain properly through the drain holes at the bottom of the pot. Brown tips mean the plant needs more water and yellow tips usually mean the plant has been overwatered or roots are sitting in water. A good,weekly soak is recommended.

HUMIDITY

Majesty Palms do best in high humidity, but can grow well in basic household humidity. If you wish to provide your palm with additional moisture, mist the fronds weekly.

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant can tolerate a low of 40 degrees, but prefers normal room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer that includes iron every 2-3 months in the spring and summer. Give a pinch of Epsom salts once a month to supply adequate magnesium. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months—it’s important to give your palm a chance to rest during the cooler time of year.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Quickly remove any fronds that turn brown or yellow. Doing so improves the look of your plant and allows a clean space and more energy for new leaf growth. The brown fronds do not necessarily indicate a problem if it is being watered properly. Like other palm trees, the fronds on your Majesty Palm will eventually turn brown and die.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

Pigtail Palm

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LIGHT

The Pigtail Palm technically needs bright light and can tolerate full sun most of the day. However, this plant is so forgiving that it will be perfectly happy if you give it low light half the year and bright sunlight the other half. You could put it outside in the summer sun and it will tolerate any light during the winter.

WATER

Since this plant is a succulent, it’s best to keep it in semi-dry conditions. Let the soil dry out completely in between waterings—perhaps watering once every 2-3 weeks. Water sparingly in the winter months.

HUMIDITY

As with most succulents, your Pigtail Palm will thrive in dry conditions. The drier the air, the better!

TEMPERATURE

Protect your palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. This plant prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer only once in the spring and once in the summer. Any more than that and your Pigtail Palm may develop brown tips on the leaves.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Pigtail Palm leaves are sensitive to injury and tend to get dark at the ends. Cutting back the tips of the leaves is a good way to preserve the appearance of the plant. The key is to use a pair of sharp scissors to cut off just the discolored parts.

TOXICITY

Completely non-toxic to humans and pets.

Bamboo Palm

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LIGHT

Your  Bamboo Palm will adapt to a variety of light levels. It does not need a lot of light to thrive.  It will grow slightly faster in bright indirect light, but it is not considered a fast-growing palm. Your Bamboo Palm is perfect for an office where a lot of natural light isn’t typically common. Keep out of direct sunlight, as it will scorch the fronds. 

WATER

Water your Bamboo Palm when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Place your finger about 2”-3” down into the soil to feel for moisture.  Water the plant until you see water flow freely into the saucer, making sure to discard the excess water. The roots may rot if they are exposed to standing water or extremely damp soil for too long. 

TEMPERATURE

Protect your Palm from cold drafts from windows, air conditioning vents, or doors. Your plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees but prefers room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

HUMIDITY

Your Bamboo Palm will thrive in average household humidity. However, it will appreciate added humidity through frequent misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby. 

FOOD

Fertilize your Palm once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Palm is non-toxic to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Water using room temperature filtered water, if possible. This avoids salt buildup in the soil, which can lead to browning of your Palm’s fronds. If you don’t have a filtration system–no worries! You can flush the soil a few times a year if you start to notice salt buildup in the form of a white crust-like cover on the top of the soil. Do this by removing that top later of soil and slowly but generously watering your Palm with about four times your pot’s volume of water. Allow water to completely drain from the pot and empty the saucer of any excess water before placing your Palm back in its place.

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What's a Palm?

Botanical Classification: Chamaedorea elegans

About

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.

Fun Fact

The fronds of the compact and bushy Parlor Palm are soft and grassy, unlike the more rigid fronds of the Majesty Palm.

Pictured Left: Parlor Palm
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These tropical beauties love moisture and humidity, so mist often!
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Parlor Palm

Easy and graceful, with lush, dark green fronds.
very easy, perfect for beginners, low to medium indirect light
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