Mexican dwarf palm

Scientific name:

Chamaedorea elegans

Did you know that in the Victorian era Mexican dwarf palms were very popular among the well-to-do, who called them “parlour palms”? And did you also know that they have a very powerful air-purifying capacity?

 

 

Easy care tips

The Mexican dwarf palm is possibly the easiest plant to care for.
It is precisely because of their low maintenance demands and
good keeping quality that Mexican dwarf palms have evolved
into one of the most popular green houseplants. Everybody loves
them because they are so easy to care for. The palm grows slowly and is very happy in the shade, making it ideal for adding a decorative touch to many parts of your home.

Tips for your home

A Mexican dwarf palm will actually look good anywhere. It will create a wonderful natural, peaceful atmosphere in a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or study.

Origins and cultivation 

The Mexican dwarf palm is native to Central America, in particular Mexico, as its name suggests. There it grows in the shade of larger shrubs and trees. Its seeds are considered a delicacy in El Salvador and Guatemala, where they are eaten deep-fried or in salads. We obtain germinated seedlings of the palms from a specialist nursery and grow them into houseplants under slightly cooler conditions at our nursery, to obtain strong plants that you will be able to enjoy for a long time.

Ideal position and temperature 

The Mexican dwarf palm is a shade-loving plant and can without any problem be placed in the middle of a room or at some distance from a window. An indoor temperature of between 15°C and 25°C is ideal.

In Mediterranean countries this palm can be placed in a shady spot on a patio in summer. Thanks to its low maintenance and low light demands you can also use a Mexican dwarf palm to add a decorative touch to areas for which other plants may be less suitable , such as a bedroom or bathroom. Just make sure that the temperature is fairly constant, without major fluctuations.

Water and fertilisers 

Mexican dwarf palms like moisture but they don't need a lot of water because they grow so slowly. So wait until the top of the soil is dry before watering the plant again. The slow growth also means that your dwarf palm will need only little fertiliser.

Most common pests and diseases 

Mexican dwarf palms are strong and not very susceptible to pests and diseases. Make sure that your plant has dry feet and place it in a light but shady spot.

Frequently Asked Questions