Chamaedorea Elegans
Palm,  Plant Care

Chamaedorea Elegans (Parlor Palm)

Chamaedorea elegans is an easy to care for palm, just be careful to not over water it.

Chamaedorea Elegans (Parlor Palm) Care Summary

Light needs:Prefers bright indirect sunlight, but lower light areas ok too.
Watering needs:Water it once it has dried out.
Fertilizer:High nitrogen content feed every month in summer.
Soil:Well draining peat based potting compost.
Humidity:Mid-to-high end of household humidity. 
Temperature:18°C-26°C (65-80°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Parlor palm, parlour palm, neanthe bella palm
Common issues:Over watering – make sure they dry out between watering.


The Chamaedorea Elegans aka the Parlor Palm, is an easy to care for house plant, originally from central America.

Chamaedorea Elegans Light Needs

These palms love bright indirect sunlight, but are happy in shadier corners too.

How Often to Water

Water the parlor palm as soon as it has dried out, you can test it with your finger to see if it is dry all the way down.


Feed occasionally in warmer months. You can use a high nitrogen content feed.


Use a well draining peat based potting compost.

When To Repot

These parlor palms grow relatively slowly but when they become root bound, you can pot them up to a container a size bigger. They best time to do this is in spring.


Chamaedorea Elegans like the mid-to-high end of household humidity. If you have a drier environment, then it’s a good idea to mist the plant when watering.


Parlor palms should not be exposed to freezing temperatures. Ideally they should be in temperatures of 18°C-26°C (65-80°F).

Where To Buy

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Other Names for Chamaedorea Elegans

Parlor palm, parlour palm, neanthe bella palm

Chamaedorea Elegans FAQs and Common Issues

The most common issues with parlor palms are from over watering – make sure they dry out between watering.

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