Taking care of Jar Chamaedorea

The Chamaedorea elegans might be hard to pronounce but it is easy to love. Although you won’t be able to doze off in the shade of this palm, it still brings tropical vibes wherever it goes!

The Chamaedorea plant

These little palms are perfectly suited for the Jar environment. Your Jar houses multiple independent stems, topped by a fan of leaves. Over time, some stems may deteriorate but this will not necessarily affect all of them, especially if you follow the tips below!


Condensation is part of the natural water cycle inside of the Jar and is a great indicator of how suitable the position of your Jar is. Ideally, one side of the Jar will be fogged up during the day. The plant will need about a week to acclimatise to a new spot.
If the Jar is completely foggy after 2 weeks, it is probably because the temperature in that spot changes often. Try moving the Jar somewhere with a more stable temperature.
If this does not do the trick, leave the Jar slightly open for a day or two to balance the humidity. Or open and lift off the top to wipe away the moisture with some clean paper towels.

Brown or black spots on leaves

Brown or black spots mostly occur on older plants due to tiny damages, but they have no effect on the plant’s health or life span. Small brown or black spots on the leaves might not look very nice but the plant will be fine

Olive green colouration

If a Jar Chamaedorea isn’t getting enough light, some leaves may turn an olive green colour and start falling off. This can affect several stems of the plant at the same time, but if you catch it early enough only a couple of leaves might be affected. If a stem starts to show these symptoms, get in there, remove the entire stem, and move your Jar to a brighter spot.

Fallen and/or brown stems

We hand-pick the healthiest plants, but some stems might be weaker than the rest and get sick more easily. Sick stems will turn brown and fall over. Remove sick stems to prevent the disease spreading.

Fungus on stem or leaves

Fungus occurs naturally in the soil and on the plant. Some are even needed for the plant to survive. Unfortunately there are also types of fungus that are not good for your plant. If you see a white fluffy fungus on a stem or on leaves, this means the entire stem is sick. Open up the Jar and remove any infected stems to prevent the fungus spreading.


Small insects can sometimes emerge from the soil. Little flies or spiders usually do not cause any harm. You can open the Jar and let them out if you want. 

Caterpillars, however, have a huge appetite and will damage the leaves. If you spot half-eaten leaves there, you should keep an eye on your Jar. Find and remove the caterpillar, and remove any damaged leaves to prevent disease.

Spilled soil on the glass

We do our best to prepare your Jar for the dangers transport poses to a fragile product. However, if your Jar has been jostled or shaken too much, soil can spill onto the glass. It would be a shame to let that spoil your view! This can easily be resolved by opening up the Jar and wiping the inside with some clean paper towels.