Propagating Parlor Palm: A Step-by-Step Guide To Growing Your Perfect Plant


Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is a popular indoor plant native to Mexico and Guatemala. With its lush, green foliage, it’s easy to see why this tropical beauty has become one of the most popular houseplants around! Propagating parlor palm from seed or by dividing existing plants can provide an economical way of acquiring more plants for your home or garden. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can propagate parlor palm in either method.

Propagation from Seed

The first step in propagating Parlor Palms from seed is to acquire viable seeds. The best way of doing this is by purchasing them from a reputable nursery or gardening store that specializes in houseplants. Once the seeds have been acquired, fill a small pot with well-draining potting soil and place two or three seeds on top of the soil surface – make sure there are at least 2 inches between each seed as they need room to grow. Gently water the pot so that the top inch of soil remains damp and then cover with plastic wrap – this will help keep moisture levels consistent while allowing air circulation around the young seedlings. Place the pot in an area where it will get indirect sunlight such as near an east facing window and check regularly for germination which should take place after 3-4 weeks depending upon environmental conditions like temperature and humidity.

Once your new parlor palms have sprouted, remove any plastic covering overtop and allow them to continue growing until they reach about 8 inches tall before transplanting into larger individual pots with fresh potting mix – be sure to use a quality mix that drains quickly but still retains some moisture during dry spells (a good combination would be equal parts perlite, peat moss & sand). Water your young palms every few days until established roots have formed – typically within 6 months time depending on care given – after which you should water only when needed (soil needs to remain slightly moist but never soggy). Fertilize lightly once every month using a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 diluted at half strength during active growth periods (spring/summer).

Propagation through Division

An alternate method for multiplying your collection of Parlor Palms is through division; meaning splitting up existing mature plants into smaller separate pieces containing both stem & root systems intact.. To do this successfully requires patience – choose specimens that are healthy yet large enough so multiple divisions can be made without too much stress being placed onto individual clumps; if unsure wait another season before attempting again since timing plays an integral role here! Begin by carefully removing entire plant from container followed closely by gently working away dirt surrounding root system with hands; look for natural “breaking points” among stems where divisions could easily occur between sections having their own root systems attached below ground level . Use clean sharp scissors/knife when making precise cuts before replanting each part back into original container or different vessels filled w/ fresh quality potting mix mixed w/ perlite & peat moss. Do not forget about proper drainage holes!! After repotting give newly divided sections plenty TLC including regular light misting sessions along w/ daily checks ensuring adequate moisture levels inside each container kept out direct sun exposure… may take upwards 4+ mths until all parts begin showing signs regrowth such as sprouting leaves outwards indicating successful propagation via division method completed!!

Propagation via both methods discussed above allows anyone interested in adding more Chamaedorea elegans varieties into their collections without needing purchase additional materials besides those readily found local nurseries nearby open marketplace sources online….and fairly simple processes requiring minimal effort , attention detail applied consistently overtime yielding rewarding results providing years enjoyment pleasure watching these vibrant tropicals thrive indoors year round