Neanthe Bella Palm (Parlor Palm) Care Instructions

If you received a plant at our National Indoor Plant Week event on Monument Circle Tuesday September 17th, you’re probably wondering how to take care of it. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Below are general care instructions for your newly acquired Neanthe Bella Palm.

Container: At full size, a Neanthe Bella Palm can reach three to four feet in height, but it will take several years to get there. To start your plant on the road to reaching its full potential, it should be re-potted in approximately a six-inch container with good drainage. Eventually, your plant will need to be transplanted into a larger container to continue fostering growth, but it should do just fine in a six-inch container for quite some time.

Lighting: Neanthe Bella Palms thrive in a variety of indoor lighting conditions, but a room with medium to bright light and a north or west facing window is best. Do not keep your plant in direct sunlight.

Water: The plant should stay evenly moist, meaning the soil should never be completely dry or overly wet. Over-watering can lead to a whole host of problems. The amount of water your plant will need depends on a lot of factors: the amount of light it receives, the temperature of the room, humidity levels, among other things. A good rule of thumb would be to water the plant once a week and adjust according to how quickly the soil dries. Eventually you should be able to get into a watering routine based on the plant needs. Do not keep the plant in standing water for more than 15 minutes as this can lead to root rot and pests.

Fertilizer: The Parlor Palm needs more fertilizer than most indoor palms. Feed monthly in spring and summer with a slow-release fertilizer. If the leaf tips are brown, you could be over fertilizing.

If you have questions concerning your newly acquired Neanthe Bella Palm, please leave a comment below and we will work to have an answer to you as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for coming out to our National Indoor Plant Week event. Plants are our passion and we love being able to share that passion with others!


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15 thoughts on “Neanthe Bella Palm (Parlor Palm) Care Instructions

  1. Our Neanthe Bella is experiencing some dead stems but there is new growth in the bottom. Is this normal plant life cycle? We water once per but do not fertilize. It sits in an open hallway with diffused light, overhead fluourescents during the week. On the weekends, just the diffused light.

    • The dead stems and growth are perfectly normal. It is recommended that you remove any dead stems, as this helps to stimulate new growth in the plant. We would also recommend fertilizing your plant a couple of times during the spring/summer/early fall months. Over time, as your plant absorbs nutrients from the soil, that soil becomes nutrient deficient. Fertilizer is needed to keep your plant looking healthy and promote new growth. A store bought indoor plant fertilizer will work just fine, just make sure to read the directions. Too much fetilizer can do more harm than good. We hope this helps!

  2. I recently acquired my Neanderthal Man as I call it, and it is about half a foot tall. It is in a container that is perfectly fitting, and I was wondering when I should re-pot it? And is fertilizer a MUST?

    • If the plant is happy in its current container, we would recommend that you leave it in. Neanthebella palms are notoriously slow growers and many can stay in small containers for years on end. As for the fertilizer, yes, it is a must. As the plant absorbs nutrients from the soil, the soil becomes more nutrient deficient. Fertilizer is needed to reintroduce needed nutrients back into the soil. If you do not fertilize, the plant will slowly start to fade and eventually die. We hope this helps!

  3. I had a friend purchase a neantha palm plant to bring to Colorado , it can be dry at times would it be okay or help my plant to have a humidifier in the room to simulate humidity .

    • Putting a humidifier in the room would be a great idea, but not necessary. If you don’t have a humidifier and the environment is dry, just make sure that you monitor the soil moisture. Dry air will sap the soil of moisture, drying it out faster, requiring more frequent waterings.

  4. I bought a neanthe bella palm recently, what fertilizer should I use can I make it at home what ingredients will I need to make fertilizer at home. I have heard that ground coffee beans, banana peel and egg shells can be a good fertilizer?

    • We would highly recommend that you do not try and make your own fertilizer at home. Go to your local florist or garden center and pick up some indoor tropical plant fertilizer. Follow the instructions carefully, as too much fertilizer can be harmful to plants. Also, try to limit your fertilizing to Spring, Summer, and early Fall.

  5. Some of the leaves on my Dwarf Palm Neanthe Bella are turning brown is it okay to snip them ? And is it okay to prop them up so the stem don’t hang over the planter ?

    • Yes, you should try and remove any dead leaves as soon as possible. As for propping up the stems, that wouldn’t be a problem. However, we would recommend planting them slightly deeper in soil, so that the roots of the plant start to support the plant’s weight.

    • Most Neanthe bella palms do not need additional humidity, especially this time of year. The benefit of misting plants is not worth the effort. The reason for misting, to raise the humidity around the plant is more successfully accomplished by raising the planting container in a bed of pea gravel in a saucer and keeping water in the pea gravel but not touching the container. So the water in the pea gravel evaporates around the plant but the plant is not sitting in water. Misting the plant might increase the humidity for a very short time but not enough to impact the plant health.

  6. Hello! My palm’s fronds are drooping and becoming dry. They are not brown, but just feel dry to the touch. How can I get my poor palm’s fronds to stand back up again? I tried to water it, I may have watered it too much and now I am waiting for the soil to dry out before I water it again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • It sounds like it might be a watering issue. Plants, like people, thrive with a set routine. Any changes to their water schedule, sunlight exposure, or temperature can send them into a funk. Allow the soil to dry out before you water again and try to keep it on a set schedule.

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