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Parlour palm; neanthe bella

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Hello, I’m Maya the parlour palm. My Latin name, Chamaedorea Elegans, sounds long and complicated so people prefer to call me the parlour palm or Maya the palm to keep it simple. Though my foliage may look tropical and exotic, I am actually very easy to care for. I often have the privilege of becoming someone's first houseplant, so I like to think of myself as a good introduction into the plant world!

I was first discovered in Central America and was brought over to London in the 1800s. It was here that I got the name ‘parlour palm’, as I was used for decorative purposes in the parlour, a room traditionally used for receiving guests or conducting business. While they didn’t know it then, I’m also a remarkably good air purifier, and will help to keep the air in your home fresh and pure.

To this day I continue to be a houseplant favourite. I’ll tolerate low lighting and even a bit of gentle neglect. I’ve a reputation for being easy going. Pair me with my friends Sammy, Zoe and Ian who have the same easy care as me!

Small height (including nursery pot) 45-60cm; pot diameter 15cm.

Medium height (including nursery pot) 60-70cm; pot diameter 17cm.

Big height (including nursery pot) 80-90cm; pot diameter 18cm.


The parlour palm is one of the most efficient houseplants for removing toxins from the air.

Maya will be happy in any room with partial shade. Give her some height by placing her on a side table in a corner of a room.


Maya is considered to be very low maintenance if kept away from direct sunlight or radiators.


I will tolerate low and medium lighting conditions, so keep me away from window sills and use me to add life to any shady spots in your home.


Allow my soil to dry out a little in between each watering. I do not like to sit in any excess water.


I prefer higher levels of humidity as I absorb moisture through my fronds, aka my leaves. You can place me in a bathroom or mist my foliage regularly.


Fertilise me once every four to six weeks in the growth season, which is from March to September.





A dark hallway or landing






How do you take care of a parlour palm?

The best way to care for Maya is by placing her in a room that has medium light, good levels of humidity and temperatures higher than 10°C. She is easy to care for and will not need frequent watering, but always let her soil dry out before you water again. Do not place her near any open windows, air vents or radiators, as she will not like the excessive amount of heat.

Do palm plants need sunlight?

All houseplants need some natural light to grow. Maya is low light tolerant which means she can survive in a room with a small window or in a climate where sunlight is limited. She will also thrive in a medium light but avoid anything too direct, as this can burn her leaves.

How big does a parlour palm grow?

The parlour palm is a tall house plant but is a relatively slow grower all the same. If you prefer Maya to stay the same size, just avoid repotting her as this should slow her growth. She will grow only a few inches each year but can reach over a metre with the correct care.


Style Maya’s tropical fonds in a dark corner or landing to give a small piece of nature to an otherwise unnoticed part of the home. She is a non-toxic plant and can be placed for decoration in a play room or snug for the children to enjoy her natural beauty.

Pair this exotic plant with a wanderlust candle or balance crystal to calm the hustle and bustle of a busy household.


We use a next day delivery service with one of our trusted couriers. Please allow a little bit of packing time. During COVID and busy times this can be up to 5 days.


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If you have received a damaged plant or within 30 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.


Our goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2025 to help save our environment.


We individually package our plants with recyclable materials to ensure you receive the highest quality plants. Every plant leaves us with a Pointless Plants quality assured sticker, this means we have checked the plant and it meets our very high standards. ** Please note some plants will contain plastic around them which have been added by growers to protect their delicate leaves. We do our best not add single use plastic to our orders

We send our plants using a next day delivery trusted courier service which will give you shipping updates and the opportunity to rearrange delivery. We do leave a delivery instruction to leave box in a safe place as a quick delivery ensures quality of our plants are maintained. This should also avoid having to reschedule missed deliveries.

99% of the time our plants are delivered safely. Occasionally plants may arrive a little bit damaged. In this case send us a picture within 72hours and we will be more than happy to replace them.

We ship using a next day delivery but, sometimes we need a 3-7day period to process your order. This is because demand fluctuates, we may need extra packing time or plants availability has changed at the last minute. We try our best to make delivery as quick as possible and we are working very hard on reducing our dispatch time.


Returns & Refunds

If you receive your plants and they are damaged from delivery, we will happily replace them. Just send us a picture within 72 hours of receiving them.

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.

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Who Are Pointless Plants?

What makes you different from other plant companies?

We don’t see ourselves as a business. Our mission is to make the world a happier, better and greener place. We think delivering houseplants is a good start.


Do you really plant 10 trees for every order?

Yes, we have an API installed on our website which automatically plants trees with Ecologi when an order is made. Our slogan is ‘Create a Jungle’ and we are on a mission to make the world a greener place. We are always looking to do more and when we get the chance to travel, we’re hoping to see our impact first hand. Sometimes we save our trees for a big project where we can help first hand. This isn't just about short term carbon offsetting. This is about long term biodiversity, rebuilding and conserving our planet!




What changes have you made for a safer delivery?

Delivering your plants to you is our top priority. We have implemented social distancing in our office and our team is working from home whenever possible. Our postage carrier has also implicated contact free delivery.



Plant care

Do you have any information on caring for my plant?

Yes we do! On each individual plant page we have a summary of how to look after each specific plant. We will tell you about watering, light and humidity. This will help to get you started.

We also have specific plant care documents on our website. CLICK HERE


Do you have any plants that will purify my home?

Absolutely, many houseplants not only look great but are also busy at work making the air in your home as clean as possible. Check out our ‘Air Purifying Machines’.


Can I put my plant in a room with no windows?

While some plants thrive in lower light conditions, all plants need some light to survive. Check out our top 5 best shade loving plants. (Snake plant, ZZ Plant, Palm, Cast Iron Plant, Peace Lily)


Do you have any plants for my office?

Yes, we’d love to brighten up your work space. Check out our office plants HERE.


I’m a complete plant beginner. Which plants are right for me?

We were all beginners once. We have so many low maintenance plants to choose from which are perfect for beginners. Check out our ‘Pretty hard to kill plants’ 


I think my plant is dying! Help!

We’re here to help. Send us an email ​​ or WhatsApp us on 07308953372 and we can help assist you further.

The most common reason for dying plants is overwatering. If your plant is turning yellow, this is due to overwatering. Always feel the soil of your houseplant before you water to make sure it is dry.


Are your plants pet safe?

This does vary depending on the plant. We have an entire section on pet safe plants. We want to make sure the furry members of your family are safe. Find our range of pet safe houseplants HERE.




Can I cancel or edit my order?

Yes, for most orders we can edit or cancel them, provided your order has not already been dispatched from our warehouse. This could range from 1-6 days and will depend on stock availability.

Email us at hello@pointlessplants.comor WhatsApp us on07308953372​ ​and we will work out the best course of action for you and your new plants.


Is there a minimum spend?

No. You are free to order as much or as little as you like. 


I’m not happy with my plants. What are my next steps?

We’re sorry to hear this! Send us pictures of the problem on any form of social media, email ( or WhatsApp (07308953372). We will base each case specifically on the individual situation.

We will try our best to rectify the problem and leave you with a solution you are happy with.


Does my plant arrive already potted?

All our plants arrive potted in a plastic nursery pot. Some of our plants arrive in decorative pots. This will be clearly stated on the plant’s specific page as to whether the decorative pot is included or not.


Do you offer a gift note option?

If you have any special requests, we’d love to hear from you. Our website does have a 'Add a gift note' section. Send us an email on hello@pointlessplants.comor message on our WhatsApp 07308953372​ if you need anymore help.




Can I pick my delivery date?

At this time we do not have an option for picking an exact date. If you’re in need of your order to arrive on a particular date, please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comand we will do our best to get your plants to you as soon as we can.


How will my delivery be tracked?

Your order will be delivered to you through DHL shipping. You will receive a link from DHL shipping where you can rearrange delivery and pick a safe space. On the morning of delivery, you will receive a 1 hour delivery time slot. If you wish to receive notifications by text please enter your phone number at checkout.


How long will delivery take? 

On most orders we have next day delivery. If you live in Belfast or Scotland this could take up to 48 hours. Depending on stock availability please allow up to 7 days. Please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comif you have any further questions on when to expect your order.


What is the price for delivery?

Delivery is £3.95 for next day and £8.99 for Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Scottish Islands. This could vary due to dispatch time. 


How are you environmentally friendly?

We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All our packaging is made from recycled materials and can be recycled further. Please recycle our packaging if possible.




Do you accept returns?

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.


What is your refund policy?

We will treat each situation individually and work out the best solution for you. Please contact us on WhatsApp 07308953372or email at and we can assist further.