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Chamaedorea microspadix

Hardy Bamboo Palm

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Chamaedorea microspadix is an elegant, clumping palm, pushing up a small colony of bamboo-like stems from which emerge a crown of matt green feathery leaves, in some cases to 50cm long.

Although it will acclimatise and grow contentedly in full sun it always looks fresher when given some shade. Probably the most surpsing thing about this palm is how hardy it is, taking -6C in its stride and even surviving down to -10C with leaf and stem damage.

With its tall and narrow profile, it also makes a good house plant, tolerating low light.

Chamaedorea microspadix Identification Sheet

central Mexico
Common name(s)
Hardy Bamboo Palm
Part shade, any good well-drained soil
Eventual height
3m but slow growing indoors, unlikely to outgrow its space
Eventual spread
Hardy to -6C or lower
Skill level

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.


Most palms need tropical or subtropical temperatures, but there are some suitable for planting outdoors in the British Isles. Hardy palms are invaluable as structural plants in tropical-style gardens and look effective when planted with bananas, bamboos and New Zealand flax. 


Hardy palm trees can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during spring and summer. 

Try to dig a hole a good deal bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a good soak before planting. Back-fill the hole with a free draining mix

Water thoroughly. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the root system. If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow to drain, plant, back-fill, and then water again. 

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Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Rated 2.67 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 3 customer reviews
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<p>my <em>chamaedorea microspadix</em> I purchased arrived looking shabby now the leaves are falling off as they have turned brown. not happy at all.</p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong>Palm Centre reply: </strong><em>Hi Stacey, as discussed over the phone, the Chamadorea which you purchased was the last one in stock, and indeed it didn't look really good. As agreed, we have refunded you in full for it. </em></p>

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<p>weather isn't the biggest problem with this palm-bought one some years back -slugs will strip this palm to nothing in no time. </p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;">Palm Centre reply: </strong><em style="color:#3f48cc;">Hi Phil, indeed the slugs are really "loving" this particular palm tree. We recommend placing slug traps close to the plant, in order to protect them.</em></p>

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Thankyou for my recent order. As usual the plants arrived well packaged and in good condition. Your customer service is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending your company to my friends.

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