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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Bamboo Palm 

Chamaedorea erumpens

Bamboo Palm - Chamaedorea erumpensWhy you may want to grow it: Potted bamboo palms bring color and warmth to any room in the house; they tend to lift people's spirits and distract from otherwise drab winter surroundings. Most palms need bright indirect light in order to thrive indoors, but Bamboo palm (also known as the Reed Palm) is an exception to this rule. It is an easy care plant that will grow in low light conditions. This small palm often produces flowers and small berries.

How to care for it:

  •  Bamboo palm plants do not take a great deal of time or energy to care for. Find a location for the bamboo palm that offers indirect or filtered sunlight. Place indoor plants in a southeast-facing window of the home. Failure to give the bamboo palm proper lighting can lead to a loss of fronds and you may end up with a sticklike plant with few leaves toward the top.
  • Water the palm, using room temperature water, when the soil surface feels dry. Water the plant until the soil is evenly moist, but do not over water the palm plant or leave it sitting in water. Pots for house plants must have a drainage hole.
  • Use a time-release fertilizer like Osmocote during the growing seasons of spring and summer. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when feeding your palm plant and always water the fertilizer in.
  • Prune the bamboo palm to remove yellowing or dried fronds. Inspect the plant regularly for dead or wilted leaves and trim them off at the base of the stem using a sharp pair of shears, so the dead fronds do not affect the health of the rest of the plant.
  • Clean the bamboo palm. Use lukewarm water in the shower or another method of producing a fine, hard stream of water. Regular rinsing of the plant removes excess fertilizer salts from the soil and also keeps bamboo palm pests, like thrips, scales and mites, under control.

Health benefits: This hardy houseplant is known to be natural air purifiers. Bamboo Palm top the list of plants best for filtering out formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide (which is especially helpful if someone in your household smokes cigarettes). It's also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing undesirable chemicals.

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Bamboo Palm Tree

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