Patrick, a Parlour Palm, Chamaedorea elegans, or Neanthe bella palm, is a plant with a history dating back to Victorian times! For Victorians, the Patrick was kept in the parlour, hence the name.
Why? Well, the parlour was usually the best room in the house, where you welcomed your guests and displayed your most treasured possessions.
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, Patrick will tolerate lower levels of light and infrequent watering, but as with any plant, you’ll get better results if you treat him like a member of the family.
Prepare to be patient with Patrick, he's a slow grower. In fact, it can take decades for him to reachhis full height in the wild!
Patrick, Parlour Palm
Patrick prefers bright indirect light without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight wouldn’t go a miss. Kenny doesn’t mind a touch of shade, but he’ll do best near a window.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun