cultivation of chamaedorea elegans

Today we will tell you about the  Chamaedorea elegans,  a fantastic palm tree widely used as an indoor plant . Logically it is not the type of palm tree that can reach several meters in height and destroy the roof, quite the opposite. It is perfect to place in a corner of the room or at the entrance of the house, because in case you did not know it is also known as a living room palm tree. Are you up for it?



The  Chamaedorea elegans  is a small indoor palm that rarely exceeds 2 meters high. Its leaves are similar to the kentia and it has thin stems that grow upwards. Something that we have to take into account, it does not have thorns! so there is no need to worry about the little ones in the house.


It is a palm tree whose origins can be found in the very jungle and those conditions are of good lighting but never direct sunlight. It is perfectly indicated as an indoor plant since it tends to freeze easily outside and does not resist low winter temperatures very well.

The humidity is important (think of a jungle) and although currently adapted to dry climates in summer if it is important to moisten the plant every few days. It is enough to spray water on the leaves to retain moisture.


Irrigation should be frequent, to maintain the necessary humidity conditions but never abundant. We explain ourselves. It is better to water more frequently than more watering less frequently. It is about keeping the soil moist at all times (you insert a pencil or a stick into the soil, and if it has traces of peat when you remove it, it means that it has good irrigation). In winter, as there will be less heat, the soil will endure for many days with sufficient humidity and it will be necessary to water once a week or even less. Quite the opposite of summer, where it will be necessary to water every 2 or 3 days.

Chamaedorea elegans.
Source: starrenvironmental


If you have already chosen the container or pot where you want to keep the living room palm tree, now is the time to choose the type of substrate . The  Chamaedorea elegans  is doing a mixture of peat and soil pH acid well and good drainage to prevent waterlogging. It must have a good nutrient content so it will be necessary to fertilize with fertilizers for indoor plants, especially in summer (every 2 or 3 weeks).


The  Chamaedorea elegans  has a great growth speed. The planter may be too short and need to be replaced with a larger one. It is advisable to choose a tall container and choose the same type of substrate as above (if everything goes well, why change?). However, we don’t have to go overboard with the width of the container, since  Chamaedorea elegans  prefers to have compressed roots.


Being indoors has more controlled access to pests and diseases, however it can happen. The most common pests of this indoor palm are red spiders (more typical of dry environments) or mealybugs . An excess of humidity can lead to diseases caused by fungi, you have to be careful and treat at the slightest sign.

Besides, there are other types of disorders in which pests and diseases do not intervene, but rather the way of growing. Sometimes we can see yellow or dry leaves in our  Chamaedorea elegans  , a symptom of a deficit of irrigation or humidity, or leaves and stems with brown color and fallen leaves, due to excess humidity.

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