Most members of the palm family are easy to care for and continue to be popular houseplants. The bamboo palm is no exception and is a long-standing favorite in homes and commercial establishments. It produces clusters of small, slender canes. Its graceful fans and rich green color give it an overall lacy appearance. A bamboo palm can reach a height of of about 6 feet (1.8 meters). Bamboo palms are often chosen over areca palms by commercial interiorscapers because they are more resistant to insect infestation. They add a peaceful, tropical feeling wherever they are placed. In terms of its atmospheric benefits, the bamboo palm has an excellent overall rating and one of the highest transpiration ratings. It pumps much needed moisture into the indoor atmosphere, especially during winter months when heating systems dry the air.
Family: Agavaceae (agave)
Care: Keep soil moist but not soggy. Feed regularly in spring and summer with liquid fertilizer or slow-release pellets in the soil. Water less often in winter and do not feed. It is natural for older leaves to become yellow and these should be removed promptly.
Ideal Temperature: 50-75°F (10-24°C)
Challenges: Rarely attacked by pests. In dry, centrally heated air, may suffer attacks of spider mites.
Propagation: Stem Cuttings