Let’s talk about the bamboo palm tree! The spring and summer rains can be a very welcomed event for the palms and bamboo gardens of the south Florida area. It seems off and on all of Florida goes under water restrictions…
Besides rains helping any drought conditions, every year it helps push out new growth on one of my favorite indoor palms and considered one of the best indoor houseplants that clean air.
It’s the Chamaedorea seifrizii commonly known as the “bamboo palm” or “reed palm”.
There is nothing like rainwater to water your bamboo plants with. It sort of works like a natural fertilizer for indoor plants! Generally, it’s clean and just seems to have that little extra that makes “happy plants”
Palms grown indoors can experience attacks from mealybugs and problems with spider mite infestations.
The seed sprouts in about 9 months and the young seedlings are planted into small containers and grown in the shade.
As the plants get larger they are then stepped to a larger size pot, require more potting mixture and placed out into the full sun.
Once the plants reach a salable size, which could take 2-5 years they are moved under shade to begin the acclimation process.
Here the plants will spend the next 3 – 6 months where they’ll get their robe of dark green acclimated fronds.
When You Bring Your Bamboo Palm Home – What To Do?
Most growers use a granular, slow-release fertilizer in growing their palms. Seifrizii is sensitive to soluble salts, so remove the time-release fertilizer from the top of the pot and leach the soil thoroughly with water. Allow the plant to completely drain.
This plant likes to stay uniformly moist, remember that’s moist NOT wet. When the soil has dried down about one third or half way down from the top you should water the complete top of the soil.
Make sure the excess water that can accumulate in the bottom of the planter is removed. These plants do not like to sit in water.
New plants can have a thick canopy… you should expect to lose of some of the interior foliage as the plant begins its acclimation to your indoor setting.
If you are overwatering, you’ll usually notice the leaf tips begin to turn yellow and fall off from the stems as well as the new growth coming out very pale. The plant may also experience stem rot.
On the other side if you’re under watering the tips of Seifrizii will turn brown as well as the new growth.
As with most palms the biggest problem with pest is mites. Regularly cleaning the plant’s leaves with a soapy solution will help reduce their attack.
Once your plant has become acclimated to its new interior home it can be enjoyed for a long time. Just remember to not over water your Chamaedorea and provide as much bright indirect light as you can.
What Is The Best Lighting Conditions indoors?
Most Bamboos are nurtured and shade-acclimated for interior use and should do well in most locations.
Any lighted area (natural or artificial) should be adequate. As with many indoor palms watch out for spider mites, they love the dry conditions in homes and offices.
Take care and avoid both direct sunlight and low light areas such as dark corners.
The palm’s natural look and symmetry can be maintained by turning the container 1/4 turn every week to allow light to penetrate the foliage canopy of your bamboo palm.