Parlor Palm

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  • Easy-To-Grow Palm
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 24-30 inches
  • Pet Safe

Parlor Palm is a favorite among most houseplant enthusiasts. It is extremely low maintenance and easily fits into any interior decor. The long fronds of dark green are elegant. This houseplant has been popular since the Victorian period, when no front parlor was complete without potted plants of some sort. Also known as Chameadorea elegans, it tolerates lower light and humidity levels than just about any other houseplant. 

Best Locations For Growing Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm can adapt to any corner of the room. Unlike other tropical houseplants, bright lighting and high humidity can cause problems like root rot and sunburns. Parlor palm prefers to be placed in the room and left alone. Do not fear if your pets nibble at Parlor Palm's long fronds. This is not considered a toxic plant.

Parlor Palm Plant Sunlight Requirements

Low-light conditions are perfect for this tough houseplant. Bright direct or indirect light causes the leaves to burn and die back. This plant will grow well in a north- or east-facing window where few other plants can survive.

Parlor Palm Care

Parlor Palm is a reasonably slow-growing plant that does not have a robust root system. When roots begin to grow from the bottom of the pot, transplant this palm to a pot one to two sizes larger with fast-draining indoor potting soil. Repotting is not needed often. Prune off dead or dying leaf stems regularly to help keep the plant healthy. If many of the leaves begin to turn brown from the tips, this could mean that the plant is being overwatered or needs a pot with better drainage.

Watering Parlor Palm

This is a plant that thrives on neglect and prefers to dry out in between waterings. Feel the soil once a week. The top 2-3 inches of soil should feel dry before watering. Make sure to empty any water collected in the saucer after 10 minutes. Parlor Palm does not like to have waterlogged soil for any amount of time. Misting for humidity is not required, although if you do, ensure the soil is dry first.

Feeding Parlor Palm

Parlor palm is a light-feeding plant and does not require fertilizing more than once or twice during the active growing season. In the spring, feed your plant with a balanced liquid houseplant food. Use the formulation at half the recommended strength, and make sure to soak the soil well. Another application around the end of summer is all parlor Palm requires for healthy growth during the fall and winter.

Parlor Palm Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 24-30 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Brown
Flower Shade/Description: Brown Inflorescence
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green, Glossy
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Parlor Palm
Other Name(s): Neanthe Bella Palm
Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Parlor Palm Show Reviews

  • 5
    lush and green!

    Posted by Kim Bennet on Jun 23, 2023

    This plant is just amazing! It delivers a full, lush, and healthy appearance that is absolutely beautiful.