How to care for: Chamaedorea Elegans (Parlour Palm)

The Chamaedorea Elegans, also known as the Parlour Palm or Mexican Dwarf Palm, is cherished for its elegant appearance and air-purifying qualities. This indoor plant is renowned for its easy care.

Medium light

Water once a week



How to Care for a Chamaedorea Elegans?


Position the Chamaedorea Elegans in a spot with indirect sunlight to partial shade. Keep this palm away from direct sunlight to prevent leaf damage. An ideal location is near a northeast or northwest-facing window, allowing the plant to receive sufficient light without direct sun exposure.


Chamaedorea Elegans plants have a moderate water requirement. Allow the top layer of soil to dry before watering again, ensuring the soil to remain slightly moist. Typically, watering every 5 days in summer and every 10 days in winter is sufficient.

Overwatering can lead to water build-up in the pot, depriving the roots of necessary oxygen and causing root rot. Ensure there are drainage holes in the pot to allow excess water to escape. Reduce watering during the winter months when the plant is in a dormant phase.

If unsure about the watering needs of the Parlour Palm, check the soil with your finger. If it feels very wet after 5 days, reduce watering. If the soil is dry after 2 to 3 days, consider increasing the water next time.

Plant nutrition

During the growing season, from spring to autumn, provide plant nutrition once a month to every two weeks to stimulate growth. In autumn and winter, the plant requires fewer nutrients. Use a suitable plant nutrition for the Chamaedorea Elegans.


It is advisable to repot the Chamaedorea Elegans every 2 years. Choose a decorative pot that is 20% larger than its previous one.


The ideal temperature range for a Chamaedorea Elegans (Parlour Palm) is between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius. It thrives in a warm, tropical environment but can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures.


Pruning is generally not necessary for the Chamaedorea Elegans. However, you may notice discolouration of leaf tips or the natural shedding of older leaves. The plant remains compact in size. Remove dead or damaged leaves with a clean and sharp pair of scissors to refresh the plant's appearance.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Chamaedorea Elegans is generally resistant to common diseases and pests. However, spider mites may be encountered with Chamaedorea Elegans. Spider mites are almost the only pests to which Chamaedorea Elegans is susceptible.

Regularly inspect the leaves and stems for signs of pests, such as spider mites. Ensure that humidity is not too high to prevent fungal issues.

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Frequently asked questions about the Chamaedorea Elegans

Can a Chamaedorea Elegans grow large?

A Chamaedorea Elegans, also known as the Mexican Dwarf Palm, typically reaches a height of about 150 cm. This makes it relatively small for an indoor plant, ideal for corners or spaces with low ceilings.

Why are the leaves of my Chamaedorea Elegans turning yellow?

Yellowing leaves may indicate overwatering. Allow the soil to dry between watering sessions, so that de Chamaedorea can heel from overwatering.

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