Friday, July 26, 2013

The plant of the day (10) - The parlor palm

The parlor palm from Mexico has graceful, arching leaves, up to 2ft (60cm) long from a short central stem. These darken with age, from mid- to glossy, dark green, and the mature plant occasionally produces sprays of small, yellow flowers. The variety C.elegans 'Bella' reaches only half the height of the species, and is often the plant offered for sale.

Size : Height to 3ft (90cm).
Light : Indirect sunlight
Temperature : Preferably warm, 65-75 °F ( 18-25 °C ); winter minimum 55°F (12°C)
Moisture : Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall. During winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil drying out.
Feeding : Apply half-strength liquid fertilizer once a month from spring until fall.
Propagation : Not practical. Buy small new plants and grow on.
Special needs : Humidity is important, so place the pot on a tray of damp pebbles.


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