Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fertilizer Friday/Flaunt Your Flowers - Parlor Palm Blooms - 3/4/11

This is our Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) which we've had for over fifteen years. I think it was about 18 inches when we first got it and has somehow survived and is currently around six feet tall.  It's a Mexican species from the dense jungles where the environment is constantly moist and humid, never cold.   The good thing for me is this palm is extremely drought tolerant, probably the most of all the indoor palms. It is a slow growing, small, single stemmed feather palm with very thin leaflets that spread laterally and somewhat upwards.  I wipe the leaves off with a cotton ball dipped in milk which seems to work, so I keep doing it.  Two years ago I almost killed it by putting it outside on the back patio for a few months.  It has taken a long time to bring it back and has found a great home in the corner of our kitchen, which has tons of light during the day.  Currently it's sprouted little blooms with pods, which I guess means it's happy.

Please join Glenda for today's -

Thanks Glenda for hosting and reminding me to Fertilize on Fridays!

Happy Gardening!



Leslie said...

How about that.. I never knew a palm would send off buds like that.. I would definitely cut them back though after they're spent as it will only concentrate all it's energy on the shoot rather than the plant.. Have you recently moved it or done anything different with it? Sometimes plants will react to change, even fertilizer by sending off shoots of buds like this.. Cool!

Darla said...

This is something to hang your hat on here...very nice!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Such a beautiful and healthy looking plant. It cetainly seems to be happy right where it is at. I am looking for another one to fill a corner in the dining room. I think I overwatered my last one and it just never recovered. It actually did well for a few years. I had a another plant in the dining room that required more water and each I watered that one I would water the palm. Live and learn.
Have a great weekend. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous.

LindyLouMac said...

While I have had these palm plants as indoor plants over the years, I have never seen them in flower before, so thankyou for this!

Sandi with an "I" said...

I would love something like that in my kitchen too...unfortunately I have managed to kill every indoor plant I have ever I just fill the house with bears.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

Bernie said...

Your Parlour Palm looks extremely happy ... so you're definitely doing all the right things.

This is one palm that requires very little watering ... over-watering is the number one killer of this plant.