Chamaedorea microspadix

hardy bamboo palm
Hardy bamboo palm makes open, leaning clumps & showy orange fruit. Best away from foggiest zones. Excellent in containers.
Chamaedorea microspadix
height 4–10ft
width 3–6ft
tolerates Cold, Pots
This palm should be watered deeply every week or two once it’s established. It doesn’t want to ever dry out completely.

Dull looking leaves are a sign of underwatering.
exposure Full Shade – Part Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing Palm Fertilizer
origin Mexico
8, 9, 11–23

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Palms are generally heavy feeders, so if you want them growing quickly and looking their best, they should be fertilized at least three times a year. Fertilizing at spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox will allow for a winter rest. Be sure to feed your palm with a fertilizer that contains micronutrients, especially if you see yellowing leaves or yellow spots on the leaves. Be sure your palm fertilizer contains micronutrients, particularly magnesium.
Suckering palms like this one send out additional palm trunks from the base of the palm over time, so that you’ll end up with multiple trunks on one palm. If you want fewer trunks, go ahead and thin out the suckers; just be sure to do it when they are young to avoid unsightly scarring later on.
You can prune off older chamaedorea leaves when they start to look ratty, or wait until they are completely dried up. Either way, once the leaf sheath (the part of the leaf that wraps around the trunk of the palm) dries up, you pull it right off, exposing the green trunk.
C. microspadix leaf sheaths tend to resist being pulled cleanly from the trunk more than other chamaedorea, and often need additional time to soften up before they are removed. Once this is done, your palm trunks will resemble bamboo canes, which is what gives this palm one of its common names: the bamboo palm.
This palm’s juicy lush look is an absolute must-have when creating a tropical garden in a temperate climate. Mix it with other broad-leafed flowering plants like cannas, hedychiums, philodendrons, or monsteras.

Special Interest

Generally C. microspadix is sparse to sucker, unlike many other bamboo palms. To achieve a think clump we multiple plant C. microspadix. This helps to ensure a fuller clump and also helps with setting seed.