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Apr 4, 2017 8:52 PM CST
I have a Metallica Palm that I purchased about a month and a half ago. For the first few weeks, I watered it once a week, but that did not seem to be enough, so I've increased it to twice a week. I now am seeing that it is growing a new white stem with brown-ish seeds or spores (see attached picture). Would hugely appreciate if someone could tell me what this is and if there is anything else I should be doing for my palm!!

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Apr 4, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Its blooming. Smiling
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Apr 4, 2017 9:15 PM CST
Hi! Welcome! Beautiful palm!

It is trying to reproduce, so you must be treating it right. That little stem that palms create will either flower or fruit. These low-light, slow growing palms are perfect as indoor plants. They are fairly forgiving, just try to not let it dry out completely, as this can produce root rot, if left that way for too long. They are from wet forests in Mexico. They prefer consistently moist soil, but well draining. It should never be left sitting in its own water. Since they are understory plants that don't need much light, and as long as you don't let it completely dry out, you can keep an eye on the leaves to make sure you are not overwatering. They will start to yellow and be much softer, and start losing that 'metal palm' rigid feel.
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Apr 5, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Excellent pic of the inflorescence on your palm! I've requested to add it to the database for C. metallica:
Metallic Palm (Chamaedorea metallica)

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Apr 5, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Good growing! Blooming time! Thumbs up

Apr 5, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Thanks, all, for your super helpful replies!!! Really appreciate all of the help and advice!!! Smiling Acorn Hurray!

Apr 5, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Me again with another question

I've read that indoor palms need occasional fertilizer as well. Do you all think that's necessary - and, if so, what brand might you recommend? Thanks so much for all of the help!!! Thank You!
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Name: Will Creed
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Apr 6, 2017 5:24 PM CST
Potted plants only need fertilizer when they are in very good growing conditions, are growing vigorously and have not had fresh potting mix in a year or more. Even then it is best to use it at half the recommended label strength. Brand names are irrelevant. Us a fertilizer that has a 3:1:2 or 1:1:1 NPK ratio. Avoid fertilizer sticks as they tend to create hot spots that can burn the roots.
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Apr 6, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Thanks for mentioning that about the sticks, Will. I always wondered if that was the case.
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