Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Neanthe Bella Palm Care

Common Name: Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Good Luck Palm
Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Moderate to Heavy


The Neanthe Bella also known as a Parlor or Good Luck Palm, typically grows indoors to between 2 to 6 feet in height. Neanthe Bella Palms are very durable houseplants and can be enjoyed for many years.  This palm is one of the most popular choices for an indoor houseplant. 

The Neanthe Bella Palm prefers medium to bright light so a north or west facing window will be best for placement. Do not keep your palm in direct sunlight as it may burn the foliage.

Neanthe Bella (Parlor or Good Luck) Palms need to have their soil moist at all times.  These palms do not do well when allowed to completely dry out or being overly soggy.  Aim to water your Parlor Palm at least once a week to begin with and adjust accordingly to how the soil feels.  This palm can be picky when it comes to water.  Be sure to use non-fluoride water for this plant.

Pests are typically not a problem with this palm any more than other houseplants.  Spider mites may appear. If pests appear, try my home remedy that really hasn't failed me, of spraying the plant twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture. If that does not work, go to your local gardening center and they can instruct you on which product to use.

It would be beneficial to give this plant some fertilizer on a regular basis.  I typically use a general indoor houseplant fertilizer added to the water once a month.  If you notice the frond tips beginning to brown, try fertilizing once every two months as it could be receiving too much.  




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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kentia Palm Care FAQs

Question:
My Kentia Palm has some sort of pest (mites, white flys, gnats, etc). How do I get rid of them?

Answer: 
Use a soapy dishwater mixture. Spray your plant twice a day for approximately one week and you should start to see improvements. A reader of this blog (Cynthia) also stated that adding a couple spurts of apple vinegar to the semi-soapy water seemed to help speed up the process as well!

Question:
My Kentia Palm has black spots all over the fronds and along the stems. What’s wrong with my palm?

Answer:
 Is the houseplant within direct sunlight? Could the black spots be burn marks? The other area to watch is watering. If you over water your Kentia Palm it could begin to rot, thus the black spots. Also is your water treated at all? If so, this palm is known to be sensitive to chemicals.

Question:
How is the Kentia Palm propagated? Can I simply cut off the stem and replant?

Answer:
 From what I’ve researched and from others who’ve commented, Kentia palms can only be grown from seeds. Unlike many other houseplants, you cannot simply cut off the stem and replant.

Question:
How often should I repot my palm?

Answer:
You only need to repot your plants when they outgrow their home. If they are not root bound, then do not send your plants into the shock of repotting.

Don’t forget to read the complete Kentia Palm Care Guide for additional information.



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