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Adamdadz
Jan 22, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Hi! I just got this plant (i think this is some kind of palm tree) last month and its doing poorly although i first left it near a window sill so it would get the most light. Then i moved it a bit further from the window cause i thought it was receiving too much light. I water it when its dry (like once a week-10 days) but its tilting... i cut the stems that were tilted but I got new tilted ones...

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Thanks for your help !
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lauriebasler
Jan 22, 2018 12:23 PM CST
It looks like you and I went to the same seminar on growing Parlor Palm (Chamaedora elegans). Mine looks the same as yours. I can't wait to read the responses you get.

In the mean time you can search the name and get some tips by right here. Good luck.

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WillC
Jan 22, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Your Palm appears to be a type of Chamaedorea, but not a Parlor Palm. Those stems are falling over, not just leaning. I suspect you are letting it get too dry and that is why they are collapsing. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Keep it close to a moderately sunny window.
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Hamwild
Jan 23, 2018 3:30 PM CST
Those are a bunch of seedlings in one pot. It's hard to tell, but some of them may have died, hence the falling over. But I agree with Will, they can do that when allowed to stay too dry, but if allowed to stay too wet, some seedlings do rot off as well and die.
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plantladylin
Jan 23, 2018 5:11 PM CST
I used to always get Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) and Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) confused but learned the Cat Palm is a clump forming type while Parlor Palm is a single trunk palm. They both require about the same type of conditions, bright light and moist but not soggy soil.
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Adamdadz
Jan 23, 2018 10:19 PM CST
Hi thanks for your help! I will water it now.
Its a neanthe bella (thats what written on the tag on the side of the pot)
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purpleinopp
Jan 24, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Neanthe bella is one of the nicknames for Chamaedorea elegans, along with parlor palm. Agree that it's a collection of seedlings. The seeds may still be attached to the roots at this size. They are very hard & take years to finally decompose.



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WillC
Jan 24, 2018 3:04 PM CST
My initial assessment that it was not a Parlor Plam was based on my not seeing the photo properly. I thought it was on the floor and much larger than it actually is. So, I do agree that it is Chamaedorea elegans.
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purpleinopp
Jan 24, 2018 3:52 PM CST
Yes, I thought it was on a floor too at first.

Hey, after looking several times, I finally noticed other objects in the pic. What is the striped object in the glass? A straw... or are you trying to propagate a candy cane, Adam?
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WillC
Jan 24, 2018 4:15 PM CST
Propagating candy canes! A whole new business venture. Great call Tiffany!
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Hamwild
Jan 24, 2018 6:18 PM CST
You two. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Adamdadz
Feb 3, 2018 3:25 PM CST
Hahaha it is a straw indeed!! Ill stick to trying to provide care to my plants before starting any other business haha!

Ok guys its dead. I watered it.. put it far from the radiator but close to the window (4 feet away)...

Idk what went wrong this plant was unhappy from the day i received it.

A friend suggested to water it everyday and not 1-2 a week.. but i think its tol much since i believe it belongs to the family of palm trees?

See for yourself 😭..
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sallyg
Feb 3, 2018 6:03 PM CST
"Idk what went wrong this plant was unhappy from the day i received it."
so maybe it isn't your fault. Could have been mistreated before.
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purpleinopp
Feb 4, 2018 7:45 AM CST
So sorry to hear! Each one is a separate individual. It's possible that most of them have died but one or two may still be alive.
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Faridat
Feb 4, 2018 12:33 PM CST
Give it more water, for me when I see my Chamaedorea do this, although I never had so big of pieces dry out, it really needs more water. Further from the window is not what bothers it, it loves a bit of a shadier place, in comparison to other houseplants.
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WillC
Feb 4, 2018 1:04 PM CST
Watering daily would be too often. It is in a small pot, so it will dry out sooner than other plants in larger pots. It is best to water this plant as soon as the top surface of the soil is dry.

BTW, there are hundreds of different Palm species and they have many different light and water requirements. That is why having the correct species name is important.
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Adamdadz
Feb 4, 2018 11:08 PM CST
Thank you faridat for your tips!

Will C I just know its written neanthe bella on the pot. I have no idea if that helps but i will water it once every two days from now on..

Plants dont like me.. i dont know if i should follow a course or something... they literally die one after the other..

Do you think it could be the humidity factor and not the water or the sun? Maybe i should get a humidifier?

Also.. do you know if UV lights💡 exist? I have an extra bedroom at home i thought i could put some plants in the bedroom to help then grow when there is no sun for days in montreal... 😒
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kniphofia
Feb 4, 2018 11:44 PM CST
Don't say you'll water it "every two days" or "once a week". You need to be watering according to the plant's needs. As Will says, water once the top inch or two of compost feels dry (put your finger into the soil to your second knuckle). Watering whether the plant needs it or not is the surest way to kill a houseplant.
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Frenchy21
Feb 4, 2018 11:50 PM CST
@Adamdadz if you read through many of the forum threads, especially on areas of interest to you, it will be better than taking a course. There are many knowledgeable and experienced gardeners here at NGA and also not so experienced ones that will encourage you and share their experiences here. Thumbs up Plus it is fun reading as you get to 'meet' other gardeners. Enjoy Smiling
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WillC
Feb 5, 2018 6:19 AM CST
Adam - You can have success with plants if you do a bit of research on each plant you are interested in. Don' get bogged down in complex topics such as fertilizing, diseases, humidity levels, repotting and potting mixes. Make sure you understand how much light a particular species requires and make sure you can match that in your home. That alone will take care of 75% of any problems. Then, find out how deep into the pot the soil needs to dry before you water thoroughly. Get the light and water right, and I am sure you will have success. Stick with the basics, not the distractions.
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