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Funkthulhu

As can be expected for Nebraska, nothing I have is in the ground, just pots.  (and now I'm in an apartment again, so yeah...)

Anyway, what palm species of yours seem to do well in low-light environments?  I'm thinking specifically offices, bedrooms, etc.  No grow-lights, and maybe not even near a window.

I've got space I can fill, but I'm afraid putting palms in some of these nooks would be a death-knell due to lack of direct window sun or at least intense light.

Questions? Comments? Short stories?

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Kai

My very first choice would be Lytocaryum weddelianum. It does great as an interior palm for me. I have one on a north facing window, so not much light and fulltime shade and it's growing steadily. With even less light, the smaller Chamaedorea species are a good choice. I have several metallica's, tuerckheimii, elegans, tepejilote, neurochlamys, ...all in very dark places. Not even near a window and they do just great. It appears to be exactly what they want.

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Pal Meir

I was just intending writing the same things as Kai: Lyto weddell (!!!) :wub: and most Chamaedorea spp you can keep indoors for decades, even if they get only light of "normal" lamps like reading lamps etc.

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Kai
2 hours ago, Pal Meir said:

I was just intending writing the same things as Kai: Lyto weddell (!!!) :wub: and most Chamaedorea spp you can keep indoors for decades, even if they get only light of "normal" lamps like reading lamps etc.

We think alike Pal!

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Pal Meir

Another genus I’ve forgotten to mention is Rhapis. Especially the delicate Rh. micrantha is most suited to indoor cultivation. Here an example of an exemplar, grown up from seed for 11 years inside a living room:

56afdc8e94efe_Rhapismicrantha2015-11-17P

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Hamal

Another species that can handle low light (and low humidity) would be Howea forsteriana.

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Funkthulhu

Thanks everybody, these are great suggestions.

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Kai
On 1-2-2016 23:31:39, Pal Meir said:

Another genus I’ve forgotten to mention is Rhapis. Especially the delicate Rh. micrantha is most suited to indoor cultivation. Here an example of an exemplar, grown up from seed for 11 years inside a living room:

56afdc8e94efe_Rhapismicrantha2015-11-17P

Veeeeery nice!

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DoomsDave

Hmm.

I hate those ground floor apartments, where voyeurs leer in through your window 24/7, unless you keep blackout curtains up. So it seems.

The more natural light the better; if it's just a little, give 'em that if you can.

Let us know how they grow!

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Funkthulhu

Dave, I just posted this in Shaeffer's thread, but I think everything is doing as well or better than last year.  Previously, I was only able to over-winter in a windowless basement with grow lights.  Now I have the lights and the windows, even if they do mostly face North.  What I'd really like is if I could disperse some lower-light species through the apartment without worry that they'll croak off without the more intense light.

As for Peeping Toms I'm up on the 2nd floor, so they'd have to be really creative to sneak a peak.  

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Hammer

I believe someone on here suggested Hyophorbe indica as a good indoor grower.

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On 2/1/2016, 2:31:39, Pal Meir said:

Another genus I’ve forgotten to mention is Rhapis. Especially the delicate Rh. micrantha is most suited to indoor cultivation. Here an example of an exemplar, grown up from seed for 11 years inside a living room:

56afdc8e94efe_Rhapismicrantha2015-11-17P

Rhapis do well indoors.

 

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On 2/3/2016, 1:23:22, Funkthulhu said:

Dave, I just posted this in Shaeffer's thread, but I think everything is doing as well or better than last year.  Previously, I was only able to over-winter in a windowless basement with grow lights.  Now I have the lights and the windows, even if they do mostly face North.  What I'd really like is if I could disperse some lower-light species through the apartment without worry that they'll croak off without the more intense light.

As for Peeping Toms I'm up on the 2nd floor, so they'd have to be really creative to sneak a peak.  

EEK!

An 800 pound Voyeur!

Even northern natural light is far superior to anything we humans can substitute. That full solar spectrum charges up the chlorophyll like nothing else.

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