Guide to growing Chamaedorea seifrizii (Bamboo Palm) indoors

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Written By Martin Cole

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Chamaedorea seifrizii: the verdict

Chamaedorea Seifrizii, known as the Bamboo Palm, is a tropical palm from the rainforests of Central and South America. To be clear, it is not a bamboo but a palm, belonging to the Arecaceae family. But it takes its name from the bamboo-like stems that support its beautiful feathery fronds.

In my opinion, The Bamboo Palm is a one of the best indoor palm options. It offers a style, air-purifying abilities, and the lush tropical feel. And, let’s face it, it is that tropical vibe that largely inspires us to grow palms indoors (at least, it does for me). This palm is relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced plant people. Displayed in a bright corner or near a window, it can transform any space into a green haven. But it can also adapt to lower light conditions, which makes it a great plant asset.

  • Ease of Care: 4/5 – tough and low-fuss, perfect for the busy plant lover
  • Visual Appeal: 5/5 – Its exotic look adds something to any room.
  • Value for Money: 4/5 – A long-lasting, air-purifying plant that’s worth the investment.
Chamaedorea seifrezii Bamboo Palm

Basic Needs

Light

/ Moderate to Low

Water: growth period

Moderate

Water: dormant period

/ Low to Moderate

Humidity

/ Moderate to High

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Star House Plant

Pros

Tolerates low light conditions well.

Adds a tropical and sophisticated aesthetic to interiors.

Excellent at purifying air, removing harmful substances like formaldehyde and benzene.

Easy to care for, with moderate watering and pruning needs.

Cons

Prefers high humidity, which can be a challenge in dry indoor environments.

Requires regular cleaning of leaves to prevent pest infestations.

Sensitive to overwatering and root rot.

Prone to mites, requiring occasional treatment.

Star Ratings

We rate plants overall from 1 to 5 stars based on individual ratings for ease of care, visual appeal and value for money.

Full details of care requirements for the plant are in the care guide below.

Chamaedorea seifrizii (Bamboo Palm)
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Chamaedorea seifrizii quick care guide

Caring for a Bamboo Palm is moderately easy. It is a resilient plant that doesn’t demand too much, but it does appreciates consistent care.

  • Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight because this is an under-storey rainforest plant and direct sun will burn its leaves. Can tolerate lowe light and be placed near a north or east-facing window.
  • Water Requirements: Keep soil evenly moist but not wet. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Don’t let the soil dry out completely.
  • Humidity Requirements: Prefers medium to high humidity. Mist regularly or use a humidifier.
  • Temperature Requirements: 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid temperatures below 55°F (13°C).
  • Potting Soil Requirements: Well-draining soil. A mix of peat, pine bark, and perlite works well.
  • Fertiliser Requirements: Balanced, water-soluble fertiliser monthly (or granular slow-release) during growing season.
  • Propagation: Division of clumps or seed. But division is not straightforward and you need a mature plant.
  • Repotting: Every 2-3 years, in spring.
  • Pruning: Trim dead or yellowing fronds at the base.

Read more about house plant care in general in our comprehensive guide to the 7 critical requirements of house plant care here.

Chamaedorea seifrizii key facts

The Bamboo Palm is a lush, tropical, air purifying palm with interesting bamboo-like stems. It adds a great fresh green presence to a room.

  • Scientific Name: Chamaedorea Seifrizii
  • Meaning of Name: ‘Chamaedorea’ – low palm, ‘Seifrizii’ – named after William Seifriz, a botanist.
  • Common Names: Bamboo Palm, Reed Palm
  • Plant Family: Arecaceae
  • Origin: Central and South America
  • Type of Plant: Evergreen perennial
  • Size (Indoors): Up to 7 feet
  • Foliage: Dark green, feathery fronds
  • Flower: Insignificant yellow flowers
  • Fruit: Non-edible small black fruits
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets and people (ASPCA)

Light

Bamboo Palm thrives in low and indirect light. A sudden change in lighting can shock the plant, so it’s best to gradually adjust it to new light conditions.

Bamboo Palm light requirements
Bamboo Palm light requirements

Propagation

Propagation through division is most effective in spring. Carefully separate clumps with roots attached and pot them in fresh soil.

Make sure you try to divide a mature plant with some good established clumps, as the root damage cause by division can kill young plants.

Common Problems and Solutions

The BambooPalm isn’t especially troublesome. But it does like humidity.

This means that if the air is dry it can get brown leaf tips and be more susceptible to sale insects and spider mites.

Chamaedorea Seifrizii troubleshooting guide

Leaves and shoots

  • Yellowing from overwatering.
  • Brown tips suggest low humidity.

Roots

  • Root rot from overwatering. Ensure good drainage.

Pests

  • Mealybugs, scale and spider mites are common. Wipe leaves with an insecticidal soap solution or use a systemic treatment.

Diseases

  • Rare, but watch for fungal infections in overly moist conditions.

Winter care

Reduce watering in winter and avoid fertilising. Keep the plant away from cold drafts and mist regularly to maintain humidity.

Read more about how to overwinter your house plants here.

Chamaedorea Seifrizii frequently asked questions

1. How often should I water my Bamboo Palm?

Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

2. Can Bamboo Palm tolerate low light?

Yes, it actually prefers low light conditions.

3. Is Bamboo Palm safe for pets?

Yes, it’s non-toxic to pets.

4. How do I increase humidity for my Bamboo Palm?

Mist regularly or use a humidifier.

Other Chamaedorea varieties

See our guides to caring for these other:

Other great indoor palms

Read our guide to the 16 best indoor palms to grow and our individual guides to caring for these other indoor palms:

Key references and resources

World Checklist of Palms – Rafael Govaerts, John Dransfield. ISBN 9781842460849, Kew Publishing 2005.

Ornamental Palm Horticulture, Broschat, Timothy K.; Meerow, Alan W.; Monica L. Elliott, 2017, University Press of Florida

Alloway, Z and Bailey (F). (2018) RHS Practical House Plant Book: Choose The Best, Display Creatively, Nurture and Care, Royal Horticultural Society, UK.

Camilleri,L and Kaplan, S. (2020), Plantopedia: The Definitive Guide to Houseplants, Smith Street Books.

Hessayon, Dr D.G. (1991) The New House Plant Expert, PBI Publications, UK.

Brickell, C. (2016). Royal Horticultural Society AZ encyclopedia of garden plants. 4th Edition Dorling Kindersley.

Squire, D. (2017). Houseplant Handbook: Basic Growing Techniques and a Directory of 300 Everyday Houseplants, CompanionHouse Books.

Nelson, G (2021). Plant – House plants: Choosing, Styling, Caring. Mitchell Beazley. London

Brickell, C. (2011). American horticultural society encyclopedia of plants and flowers. Penguin.

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