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Bamboo Palm - The Beautiful Lovable Palms

Updated on March 29, 2010

The Bamboo Palms

The bamboo palm (chamaedorea seifrizii) is a beautiful, commonly kept houseplant that works as an air purifier. It has a bamboo like stem and a few of these stems grow from an underground bulb of roots. Leaves are flat, soft and fragile. It will grow to a maximum height of about 10 feet.

Here is some more information on this plant.


Propagation

You can easily propagate this plant from seeds. Remove the fruit coating from the seed after soaking it in warm water for a couple of days. Soaking the fruits make it easier for you to pull the fruit off of it. Then germinate the seed in rich soil mix either in re-closable zip lock bags or some tub or tray. Make sure the soil mix is always moist but not wet. You will not have to keep the soil moist manually in the reclosable bag because it will retain the moisture. The bamboo palm seeds can take a lot of time for germination. They can take up to nine months to germinate. Once the seeds have germinated and developed a root system, you can place them in pots. Never expose the seedlings to bright or direct sunlight if you want them to survive.


Scientific Name

Their scientific name is chamaedorea seifrizii.


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Care

It is not a hardy plant and will die without proper care.

Water: Water frequently and keep the soil uniformly moist but not wet. This plant being a native to tropical areas requires frequent watering.

Soil: Well drained and rich soil.

Sun: Never place it in direct sunlight. I almost kill a beautiful healthy bamboo palm with direct sunlight. Keep it in moderate indirect sunlight. In its native range, the plant grows under the shade of thick trees.

Temperature: Moderate, prevent it from extreme cold.


Some More Care tips:

Prune lower unhealthy branches on a regular basis.

Fertilize it infrequently during the growing season with a mild fertilizer.

Keep the leaves clean.


Benefits

This plant is an amazing air purifier and removes some toxic elements from the air around it.


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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      No need to trim them and they aren't new branches... I see them growing on my bamboo palms off and on.

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      CBWPowder 5 years ago

      I recently purchased one of these for my apartment. I am a huge fan of the bamboo look. Actually got one of those little lucky bamboos to like 5 feet tall. So the issue I am having is it is putting out these new growths from the stem that have these little nodules on them. Are these new branches? Fruit? Should they be trimmed? Any help would be appreciated.

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      bill 5 years ago

      @mantikore try Amazon that's where I got mine. I just planted them yesterday.

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      Mantikore 5 years ago

      How long does it take to grow once germinated? And can you buy the seeds somewhere?

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      lung hoi 6 years ago

      wow! i haven't seen the picture of bamboos for agers i love this thing

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      New shoots of a Chinese fan palm? I have had it for many years and never experienced such a thing, neither did I find anything like this on the web. How old is your Chinese palm? Also, can you send me its pictures?

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      zmikers 7 years ago

      LOL...... I thought I was sure!? Yes, I matched it to photos on the internet and spoke to my local gardener. There are definitely several new shoots coming out of the soil.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Maybe its moving that might be causing some shock to the plant. So you have them indoors, make sure the pot is large enough for the roots of your tall bamboo palm. Also, these palms don't require much sunlight, I am not sure how much sunlight your south facing windows allow on them.

      BTW I have never seen new stem growth from roots(which is mostly a bulb in such cases) of Chinese fan palms. However large leaves grow from the only stem. Are you sure its a Chinese fan palm?

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      zmikers 7 years ago

      Yes, I was wondering if new stems will grow from the soil. My Chinese fan palms grow many new stems from the roots under the soil. I live in Taiwan where it is reaching 30C+ (90F+) daily. I have it by a south facing window. I've had the plant for about 4 years and the two stems left have new growth and seem very happy. To be honest, since we've moved into our new flat (1 year ago) the plant has been moved around, looking for the "right place." It will stay here it is now so I hope it will start to grow more.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Do you want to propagate the bamboo palm by root cutting? I don't find root cutting an easy propagation method.

      If you are talking about the growth of new stems on the plant. A healthy plant naturally grow new sucker like stems. Is your plant healthy, have you moved or transformed it, are you sure the temperature in your area is suitable for them? If it has rite conditions the new stems will grow naturally, just follow the care tips above.

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      zmikers 7 years ago

      I have a question about my bamboo palm. There are only 2 stems left of my 7 feet tall bamboo plam. These 2 stems are very healthy. Is there any way I can get more stems to grow from the roots?

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Good. You see they can take 9 months to germinate, so be patient. :)

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      tzwind 7 years ago

      I saw the tips on the top now, thx.

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      tzwind 7 years ago

      I got seeds and started planted them but I still have not seen anything and it has been more than 4 weeks. Do you have any tips?

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Yup, they do look great. Thank you for commenting.

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      sagbee 7 years ago from Delhi

      Bamboo trees and palm trees look awesome.. they look great .. I just love these trees .. Have some old memories with the trees when I was young and visited India.. Kerela is quite famous for palm beaches and trees..nice hub,..

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      It is and if you can protect it from cold winters and care for it, the bamboo palm will do great over there. Thanks for commenting.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      What a beautiful plant, I wonder if it would do well in my home up here in Maine?

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      They are lovable plants. :)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love these palms. I have a couple

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks THH!

      I'm in love with this one these days. They look awesome in my garden.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Well I think maybe I need one of these!! They are just lovely and useful. Great hub!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      AEvans, do get it for your home. While it makes a beautiful and delicate looking houseplant, it also helps purify the air around us. So get a lot of these or you can get a couple and wait till it bears fruit from which you can later propagate it. :)

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I always wanted one of these in our home and so now I have bookmarked this hub, thank you so much for all of the information. :)

      Now I know how to take care of them.:)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting Kowality. :)

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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Just as durable as the human body. Nice hub UH. Thank You

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      I have a couple of these and didn't find it to be a low maintenance one.

      Good to hear that your father used to do that. I am landscaping mine these days with different kind of palms, ficus, spider plants etc. Its an awesome feeling to do all the plants stuff.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, I have this. Low maintenance, always pretty.

      My father used to landscape our home with it. He took great care of them.

      Thank you for sharing.