Native to the rainforests of southern Mexico and Guatemala, the Neanthe Bella Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) appreciates a warm and humid environment. Place this little beauty in a spot where it will receive medium ot bright ambient light. Medium to low light can also suffice however you may see leggy growth. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves so keep your Bella palm out of the direct stream of light. Ideally a few feet removed from a Southern, Western, or Eastern facing window will suffice. If you window faces North, place the plant directly in the window. If you are unsure about the light conditions in your home or office, we have a guide for how to measure light in your space.
We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.
Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first. Neanthe Bella Palms prefer soil that is lightly moist, with a slight period of drought between waterings. Check in with the soil once a week until your establish a routine with your plant. The Bella Palm likes to be watered when the top 1” - 2” inches of the soil are dry. Likely every 7 - 10 days. Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released. Too much moisture in the soil can cause root rot, while too little can lead to brown and crispy leaves.
Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not too pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil. We estimate ¼ - 1 standard measuring cup, in total, per watering.
For plants potted with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location.
For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.
Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Neanthe Bella Palm and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.
There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC—those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.
Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.
For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray.
Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements.
The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.
TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.
RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period. Ficus Audrey need to dry out between waterings only slightly, so once the reservoir is empty wait a few days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.
From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.
Step 1: Top water for two weeks. The indicator will look empty, like the picture above.
Step 2: Fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line.
Step 3: Watch the indicator over the next day or two. If it goes down on its own, it means the roots of the plant have grown into the reservoir. From here on out, ONLY water in the reservoir.
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Pro - Tip: Rotate your plant Frequently to encourage even growth on all sides!
Pro - Tip: When in doubt, let it drought! Bella palms are susceptible to root rot, so it’s best to hold off on watering if you are unsure as to whether or not your plant needs a drink.
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