Parlor Palm Plants: How To Care For A Parlor Palm Plant
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In this post I will share my experience growing a houseplant from seed and how I care for it. My goal is to provide you with some basic information so that you can grow one at home if you want to.
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I’ve grown several houseplants before (see my previous post here) but never one as large as this one. It’s called a “parlor palm” because they’re typically found in homes and apartments.
They’re usually tropical plants, though there are a few species native to North America such as the California Poppy (Passiflora incarnata).
There are many different types of houseplants, but most are either succulents or cacti. Most succulents don’t need much attention unless you live in a very humid climate where humidity levels get high.
They like bright, but not direct, sunlight. They don’t need much water and most aren’t bothered by infrequent watering.
Cacti on the other hand thrive in dry conditions. While some succulents have thick leaves or skin to help them retain moisture, cacti have developed special features like thick spines and waxy coverings to prevent them from losing too much moisture.
This allows them to survive in lower rainfall areas than many other plants could.
My parlor palm is a little of both. It has thick skin and spines like a typical cactus, but the leaves are soft to the touch and hang down like those of a succulent.
In fact, some growers will tell you it’s not a true cactus because it has characteristics of both succulents and cacti. Either way, my plant doesn’t seem to mind how I’m taking care of it and it’s thriving in our house!
Why Grow A Parlor Palm?
Most houseplants are very easy to take care of, which makes them great for people like me who aren’t avid gardeners or farmers. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you should be able to keep most plants alive and thriving.
You might be wondering why anyone would grow a houseplant when they could just go buy one at the store. The main reason is that many houseplants are very easy to grow from seed.
If you’ve ever gardened before, you know that one packet of flower or vegetable seeds can produce enough plants to share with all your friends and family.
This is especially true for some houseplants like the parlor palm. Many growers sell their extra seeds online, so you can easily order as many packets as you want without worrying about how many plants it will produce.
They’re also great if you like to try new things. Gardening can be expensive if you make a lot of mistakes.
But with houseplants, you don’t have to worry about doing that because you can easily replace a dead one with a new one.
Finally, some plants just do better indoors than they would outdoors. They might not get enough light or require more water than you would be able to give them outside.
The parlor palm is a great example of one of these plants. It prefers to live in darker areas and doesn’t require as much water as other plants might.
How To Care For A Parlor Palm
If you’ve ever owned a pet, then you’re probably used to taking care of something living. If not, then now is a great time to learn because plants are a lot easier to take care of than most pets.
You just have to make sure they have everything they need to survive and you should be fine.
Parlor palms do best in areas with bright light, but not direct sunlight. They can also survive in areas that don’t get much natural light, like a basement or room without any windows.
If that’s the case, you should probably buy a grow lamp so you can place it above the plant. That way it will get the light it needs to stay healthy and grow.
Sources & references used in this article:
Interior plantscaping with large houseplants by N Jönsson-Rose – 1895 – Scribner
Interior Plants: Selection and Care by RC Smith – 1997 – library.ndsu.edu
Houseplants: Their Selection, Care and Impact on Our Lives by E Davison – 1998 – repository.arizona.edu
Caring for houseplants (2010) by FE Palmer – 1917 – AT De La Mare Company …