Chamaedorea metallica

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Chamaedorea metallica

Dwarf Fishtail Palm, Metallic Palm

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Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary trunked palm from the rainforests of Southeastern Mexico, slowly growing a slender, ringed stem that carries a crown of simple, fish-tail lobed (bifid) leaves that curve inwards and are textured with the leaf veins. The most remarkable feature of its leaves is the metallic sheen they exhibit, best seen when grown in shaded conditions. Its compact size and need for shade make it an ideal house plant - and it is produced by the thousand for tis purpose world-wide. Ideally, try to keep the surrounding air fairly humid and never let the soil dry out.

Chamaedorea metallica Identification Sheet

Southeast Mexico
Common name(s)
Dwarf Fishtail Palm, Metallic Palm
Full shade, moist, well-drained soil
Eventual height
to 2m eventually
Eventual spread
Best kept above 5C
Skill level

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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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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.
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Palm trees are one of the most popular choices for indoor plants to grow. They provide the majestic beauty of a tropical garden and the ease of care. The less mature palms can be used as a desk plant for a small office and even in bathrooms of some homes. 

An inevitable problem encountered by growing palms indoors is the amount of dust that builds up on the leaves over time. 


The soil in the pots should be kept moist and never be allowed to dry out. During the summer months you will be watering as much as twice per week to maintain moisture levels, whereas in winter you should water sparingly.

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Stunning Indoor Palm

I bought a small one of these 18 inches tall on a visit to the Palm Centre ten years ago and it is now a fine specemin 5ft tall. It has been in a west fading bedroom away from the window and produces two to 3 new leaves together with two flower spikes (which because I only have one, doesn’t get fertilised and produce nuts) a year. It is easy to grow and gets potted on occasionally when potbound. The only regular maintenance it needs is to rotate the pot every couple of weeks to keep it growing upwards rather than bending towards the window. For those tempted - do it - it won’t dissapoint you.

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