Scientific Name: Chamadorea elegans
Synonyms: Love Palm, Neanthe Bella Palm palm
Love Palms were well-liked in the Victorian era and were distinguished by their lovely compact shape and lush, cluster-forming foliage. With this house plant, you can easily create the appearance of a jungle in your home.
Love Palms, which are also called Neanthe Bella Palm, are in the family Arecaceae. Their natural home is in the thick rainforests of southern Mexico and Guatemala, which are always hot and humid. They are also very adept at adjusting to dim lighting, which increases their appeal.
It is easy to understand why these palms are so well-liked because they are handsome and lush. The dense, feathery foliage of Love Palms is born on arching branches and is a deep green colour. As they age, they typically get ridges along the trunk that resemble bamboo.
These extremely popular palms are perfect for smaller spaces due to their average mature height of 1 metre and relatively slow growth. Chamadorea elegans can also withstand periods of neglect, but if you want to keep your palm looking as healthy and lush as the day you got it, water it frequently and let the soil slightly dry in between.
In addition to looking stunning wherever you decide to keep it, whether in your home or office, your Love Palm will actively work to purify the air, giving you cleaner, fresher air to breathe. The ideal low-maintenance option for brightening up any corner
Love Palm Common Symptoms:
- Brown edges on leaves: Although there are many reasons why Love Palms develop dry leaf tips, underwatering and dry air are the most typical culprits. Although palms can tolerate drought, they need their soil to be only slightly moist for growth. Your houseplant will develop crisp brown edges if it is exposed to dry soil for a long time. Correct this by watering more frequently and monitoring how dry the soil is frequently. If watering is not the problem, leaf tips drying out may be due to dry air or a potential breeze. Putting your plant on a pebble tray or moving it can quickly fix this.
- Yellowing leaves/droopy: The main reason why indoor plants die in the majority of homes is overwatering. Yellowing leaves are the first sign that a plant is getting too much water. By letting your soil dry out in between waterings, you can change this. Make sure your planter is draining properly, and follow the advice to water weekly during the summer and less frequently during the winter. Watering will be done less frequently in areas with less light. For more details on identifying Over vs Underwatering, read this.
- Washed out foliage/ Brown crisp patches: Despite the fact that your palm loves bright light, too much of it can make the leaves appear dull and washed out. Additionally, burning from direct sunlight can cause the leaves to develop unsightly brown patches. In case of harsh lighting, move your palm plant to a spot that is both bright and protected.
- Stunted growth: There may be a lighting issue with your houseplant. If your plant hasn't grown in a while and the leaves are a dark green colour, there is definitely a light problem. It is best to move your plant to a brighter spot if it is not flourishing in its current location because palms require medium to bright light to thrive.
- Pests: Palms rarely have pest issues, but stressed houseplants can be vulnerable to infestations, which can cause excessive yellowing of the fronds and leaf dropping. Common indoor plant pests like mealybugs, scale, and spider mites can quickly weaken your plant if left untreated. Your indoor plant's environmental stressors should be adjusted, and organic pesticides, such as Pyrol or Bioneem, should be used to treat infestations.
Love Palm Care Instructions
- Origin: Mexico
- Height: Can reach between 1m - 1.5m
- Light: Bright filtered light is best. Avoid direct sunlight.
- Water: Avoid potting soil that is too dry or too wet; instead, keep the soil very evenly moist.
- Humidity: 50% or more is preferred. Plants should be placed on pebble trays and sprayed with water every day to increase their relative humidity. If watering is done carefully, it will also tolerate average room humidity.
- Temperature: Love Palms prefer warm environments of between 17 °C and 27°C.
- Soil: A very well-draining organic medium that will hold onto some water. The addition of bark and perlite will aid in good drainage and some water retention.
- Fertilizer: From Spring to Autumn, use a balanced liquid fertiliser to feed every two weeks.
- Repotting: Love palms should be repotted every two years in the spring with moist but drainable indoor potting soil in a planter no more than 5 cm larger than the previous one.
Propagation: Propagation is done with seeds, but it's time consuming and quite difficult. You'll need to be able to keep temperatures at around 26°C and provide above average humidity conditions.