I need help identifying a houseplant

I have 2 plants I kept from one of my mothers funeral arrangements. My young daughters would like to keep them alive, but I don’t know what they are so I don’t know how to properly care for them. Could you please help me to identify and care for them?

Hi Jer,


The first plant is a Parlor Palm, also called a Neanthebella Palm. Parlor Palms can grow in low light, but prefer medium indirect light. Avoid putting them in bright light. Water a Parlor Palm well, and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. When in doubt, do not water! Water even less during the winter when the plant is not actively growing. Brown leaf tips often indicate over watering, while yellow fronds tell you the plant needs a bit more water. Parlor Palms do not need much plant food. Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed a Parlor Palm in the fall and winter. Be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the container so excess water can escape. Keep the palm a little root bound in a small pot. You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


The second plant looks like a Peace Lily. Peace Lily plants do well in low, medium, or indirect bright light. Too much light causes the leaves to fade and lose their vibrant dark green color. Too little light and Peace Lily houseplants can’t develop flowers. Direct sunlight burns the leaves. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering a Peace Lily. If the leaves severely droop, yellow leaves develop once it’s watered. Leaves turn a blackish brown from over watering.Allow the leaves to become soft and droop just a little before watering. Fertilize every other month when a Peace Lily is actively growing with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Too much fertilizer burns the leaf tips.

A Peace Lily is a poisonous plant and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

Again, you can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


Please let me know if you need more help.