Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Chamaedorea Elegans 'Bella' (Parlor Palm)

These plants have dainty, deeply divided fronds arching from the central stem. The fronds are fresh green when young and darken with age. Mature plants produce small sprays of tiny, yellow, beadlike flowers. They thrive in the warm, humid conditions of bottle gardens and terraria.

Warm, filtered sun.

Chamaedorea elegans 'Bella' is a dwarf species, reaching a height of about 3ft after several years, with a spread of 1 1/2 feet. Young plants are offered for sale.

Feed with standard liquid fertilizer once a month from spring to autumn.

Repot in spring using soil-based potting mixture but only if the roots have completely filled the existing pot. Once plants are in 6-8 inch pots topdress instead.

Special points
Water less in winter.

Similar-shaped species
Chamaedorea erumpens forms a clump of slender stems, knotted at intervals like bamboo and with sections of bare stem. They can grow to about 6-8 feet in height.

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