Neanthe Bella Palm or Bella Palm is small palm tree native to the rainforests of southern Mexico and Guatemala. The plant gets its name from the Greek words 'chamai' which means from the ground and dorea which means a present.
The plant does not require much attention; it can be easily grown in both indoor and outdoor areas. Use a large container.
The plant requires filtered sunlight. They can do quite well in low-lit areas and in full shade with artificial light. They should be protected from direct sunlight as it may burn the leaves.
The main attraction is the foliage. The plant has arching, glossy bright green pinnate leaves. Tiny yellow flowers might appear which will be followed by a blackish fruit.
Pruning is usually not recommended however dormant leaves can be pruned to give the plant a better shape.
The plant can bear small dry spells but it is very susceptible to water-logged situations. So water when the soil feels dry but always be cautious to not over-water the plant. The amount of water would depend on the amount of light the plant receives. More light means more water and vice-versa.
It can grow quite well in all kinds of soil including chalky, sandy, clayey and loamy. However, a well-drained, moist soil should be used. The soil could be slightly acidic or neutral.
After a few years and proper care, it can reach a height of about 1.5m to 2m. The average height lies between 50cm to 60cm.
The plant is not a big feeder. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
No need to fertilize during the winter months. Fertilize more frequently if the foliage seems dull.
The plant can get infested by spider mites, mealybugs and scale insects. Use organic fungicides and pesticides. Root-rot can happen if the plant is over-watered.
It is a great option for a houseplant and that's why perhaps one of most widely used. It thrives in home and office conditions. It is also known to clean the air.