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What Is Causing Brown Leaf Tips On My Parlor Palm?


Parlor Plam

Ask the Expert: care of little parlor palm tree doesn’t seem to grow, a few of leaves turn brown, Mary

Plant Expert Reply:

Parlor plams (Chamaedorea elegans) are plants that thrive in low-light, so exposure to bright light sources can scorch the leaves.  Lack of moisture can also cause brown leaf tips in a parlor palm. Since parlor plams like humid enviornments but not soggy soil, you will need to mist the air around the plant every so often.  Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

For the parlor palm to thrive rather than just live, you need to fertilze it with a balance fertilzer.  You can do this on a monthly basis or every time you water it. You will need to use a very light fertizer solution if you do it every time you water.

You might want to read the our parlor palm care instructions for more detailed suggestions.

Good Luck.  I hope this information has been helpful.


  1. whatever happened to detail? i understand i work with cataracts but, “..click here for more detailed care instructions…” yeah right. click here to BUY more stuff! pride in what you do? REAL, RELEVANT service determines if i will or will again consider anyone that does business. not looking good at all…

  2. Reginald,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The article is actually linking to the wrong site. Here is the correct link that includes detailed Parlor Palm Houseplant Care instructions. I will go update the link now. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

  3. Kitty Principal says:

    Thank you for this “tip” on the leaves of the parlor palm. We were letting our palm to get to dry! We’ve started misting it and I think it’s actually making a difference!k

  4. Jeffrey Balch says:

    So glad you found this helpful! Thanks!

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