Houseplants forum: ID of plant and problems

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Faridat
Nov 1, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Hi all! A relative of mine is moving from his home and gave me this plant.
Is it a Chamaedorea? I need an ID so I can figure where to put it and how to water.
Also, the bases of the stems are naked and thin, but the leaves have grown hardy by time, and they also show some "bumps" on the surface, I have no idea if it is a disease?
it was on a shielded balcony, all year round outside the house. So, lots of different temperatures
from the greek scorching summer to medium to mild winters. A lot of the leaves were brown or had brown
edges, so I cleaned whatever I could. I would appreciate any advice given on her care!


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In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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plantladylin
Nov 1, 2017 11:24 AM CST
I'd say yes, Chamaedorea; either Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) or Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
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Faridat
Nov 1, 2017 11:37 AM CST
plantladylin said:I'd say yes, Chamaedorea; either Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) or Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)
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Thank you very much @plantladylin. I thought so, but what a difference between the elegant and smooth leaves of the chamaedorea in the images and mine. It must have had a rough life, poor thing.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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WillC
Nov 1, 2017 5:26 PM CST
I agree that it is an Elegans. It looks quite healthy espcially given the wildly fluctuating temps it has experienced. It does best indoors in bright, but indirect sunlight and can even manage nicely in relatively low indoor light. In reduced light, it will grow more slowly but the fronds will be a darker green.

I don't see the bumps you referenced in the photos. If they are small, hard, raised bumps, then its probably scale.

Watering yours is tricky because it is in such an oversized pot and that increases the risk of root suffocation. I suggest allowing the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry before watering and add just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week.
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Faridat
Nov 2, 2017 12:04 AM CST
Thank you for your advice @WillC! I will follow it! I agree with the oversized pot, it came to me in this pot and I don't want to repot and stress the plant even more, so I will be careful on the watering and I will repot in spring.
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Hamwild
Nov 4, 2017 8:11 PM CST
I've read about those bumps on the stem before... @purpleinopp

I believe they're normal if I remember correctly and nothing to worry about.
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purpleinopp
Nov 5, 2017 5:47 AM CST
Do the bumps look like this?
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 5, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Yes @purpleinopp, they do! What are these exactly?
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WillC
Nov 5, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Those bumps on the stems are nodes where leaf stems were once attached. Perfectly normal.
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