Bamboo Palm in a nice grow pot with a nice moss covering
Bamboo palm in a living roomBamboo Palm in a nice grow pot with a nice moss covering

Bamboo Palm

4.33 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Called a Bamboo Palm for its likeness to bamboo – clumping, and stems marked by leaves that have been shed – the Bamboo Palm has a nice, soft touch with deep green leaves that arch from the stem.  This palm, from the genus Chamaedorea, is a hybrid of 2 strong-performing species and it’s called a “Florida Hybrid” – for you hort sticklers out there, it’s a cross between erumpens and seifrizii – and it’s sometimes called a Cham Palm (pronounced like ‘sham”).  It is one of the palms that will tolerate some lower light levels, but still needs moderate to high light to thrive.  If you’re looking for a versatile palm that has a great reputation for filtering out indoor air pollutants, this is a great choice.

The Bamboo Palm is available in 2 sizes at around 3 feet in a 10″ pot and 5+ feet in a 14″ growpot.

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If you’re looking for a soft-tropical touch in a nicely lit room, the Bamboo Palm is a great choice for you .  Here’s what you need to know if you’re getting a Bamboo Palm:

Watering – If you have bamboo outside, forget everything you think you know about watering this plant inside.  Unlike its outdoor cousin, the Chamaedorea should be watered to maintain soil moisture considered damp, not wet; overwatering can cause the leaves to yellow and drop.  Please see our watering guide for more information.

Light – While this palm can tolerate lower light levels than other palms, it will thrive adjacent to an east-, south-, or west-facing window.  So, good filtered natural light or bright florescent light will keep this palm growing strong.

Nutrition – Like other plants shipped fresh from Florida, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it.  That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated.  After 12 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.  Please refer to our plant nutrition guide for details.

Cleaning – This plant, with its numerous stems and plentiful leaves and leaflets can be a challenge to clean.  While we still prefer a cleaning regimen with water and a light soap solution, it would be okay to break out the feather duster on this plant.  Make sure your feather duster is clean though – it’s a primary way to get bugs from one plant to another.  And since the Chams are susceptible to spider mites, it’s especially important with this plant.

Pruning – The leaves of the Bamboo Palm form sheaths around the stem.  The older leaves at the bottom of the plant will yellow and turn brown, and it’s easy to just give a little twist and pull these leaves off.  The only time you’ll need pruners to care for a Cham is if one of the stems gets too tall or out-of-line with the rest of the plant.  In that case, we recommend pruning the stem at the base where it emerges from the soil.  You should never cut a stem in half because the plant does not generate new growth from mid-stem pruning cuts.

Bugs – There’s always a chance for a mealybug to set up camp on your Bamboo Palm.  Look for the little white cottony mealybugs at the base of the leaves, on the stems, and especially under the leaf sheaths between the sheath and the stem; mites will hide on the bottom side of the leaves and produce webs.  Be extra vigilant when scouting for mites, as they can do irreparable harm quickly often mistaken for dust on the underside of the leaves.  If you see either of these, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution and spray them daily ’til they’re gone.

Trouble – Keep an eye out for the bugs mentioned above, and you’ll enjoy this palm for a long while.

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3-3.5′ (in 10″ growpot), 5-5.5′ (in 14″ growpot)

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  3. 5 out of 5

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    Good communication! They held my plant until the weather was cooperative. The plant is beautiful and lush!!

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    I order three plants from Plantz, including the Bamboo Palm. The Palm arrived in beautiful condition and looked just like the picture online. It has been in its new home for about a week and is requiring daily water additions to the liner irrigation system (provided with each plant). Evidently, more than usual water is required until the plant adjusts. Will Stone and Sue Waltzer have been incredibly helpful during my pre-order decision-making, ordering and unpacking process. With my lack of knowledge about house plants, I was hesitant to invest more than $5 on a plant that I could easily kill in one week or less. They have made everything easy and the Plantz website provides everything you need to know about each plant to ensure success. I love it!!

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