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Live Plant Parlor Palm

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The parlor palm has elegant, green leaflets on arching fronds, giving this palm a feathery canopy shape.

Given enough light, a mature plant may produce sprays of small yellow flowers on tall stalks above the foliage. The flowers are followed by seeds that are rarely fertile and not worth saving, so just cut the flowers off when they begin to turn brown.

Although this palm will tolerate dry indoor air, it will be healthier with higher humidity. I mist mine a few times a week with room-temperature water. Misting also keeps its leaves clean and helps to prevent spider mites that love to attack this plant.

Do not prune: Parlor palm grows from a terminal bud. Pruning this single point of growth will cause it to stop growing. However, it's fine to trim off old fronds that have turned brown.

Repot in spring, only when the roots have filled the pot. Always use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil, which can cause root rot.

This is one of the few palms that grows well in low light. Its tolerance for lack of light and low humidity make it an ideal office plant.