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norrni
Nov 16, 2016 6:26 PM CST
My mother gave me this plant when she moved. I want to know how I can best take care of it, because it needs some help. But I don't know exactly what it is. Thank you in advanced!
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Hi norrni, Welcome!
Your plant reminds me of Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
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DaisyI
Nov 16, 2016 9:43 PM CST
Or Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans).

Either way, evenly moist soil, high humidity and light shade to dappled shade but never ever full sun.

They are also very susceptible to salt burn.
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norrni
Nov 16, 2016 10:09 PM CST
DaisyI said:Or Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans).

Either way, evenly moist soil, high humidity and light shade to dappled shade but never ever full sun.

They are also very susceptible to salt burn.


The stems look and act more like the Parlor Palm. Not quiet that tall but I think it's because she had it sharing a pot. Thank you for the help! Thank You!

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plantladylin
Nov 17, 2016 7:59 AM CST
A few years ago, someone told me that the difference between C. elegans and C. cataractarum was that one has a more clumping habit while the other has a single trunk but I don't remember which is which. I think someone also posted awhile back on one of the forums here that nurseries pot up multiples of the single trunk type into one container for a fuller appearance.
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purpleinopp
Nov 17, 2016 9:43 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

I'm not sure it's possible to determine which species of Chamaedorea at this point.

Both make seeds easily and these pots of babies that are so close together are grown from seeds and each stem is a separate plant. The sooner they can be separated a bit, the better their chances. They need at least an inch or 2 of elbow room. As each trunk grows, its' diameter will increase and these will be literally smushed tightly against each other. It will be impossible to inspect this group for pests and remove the stumps of old leaves. Leaving those on can provide an unnecessary place for pests to hide and gain a foothold.
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ScotTi
Nov 18, 2016 1:41 PM CST
I would rule out C. cataractarum palm, as the leaflets along the leaf stem would line up. If it is clumping on its own, I would say it is C. radicalis or C. seifrizii as they are commonly sold for houseplants.
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