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Different palms in same pot - should I separate?

Winter_Winter_ Posts: 6
I recently bought a plant from a supermarket which was mislabelled and after a bit of detective work, I discovered that it was a parlour palm. (This was confirmed when I discovered it said this on the plastic pot which was obscured by an outer one).

It didn't take much though to spot that it's not just one (type of) plant - in the middle of the parlour palms, there is what I now realise is a metallica palm.

Is it usual to have both potted together?  Should I separate the metallica palm out?

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,459
    These things do happen, if they look happy enough together l would probably leave them alone.
     It maybe that in trying to separate them you end up damaging and potentially losing one or possibly both of them.
    If you can post a photo it may help others to give advice. 
    Welcome to the forum by the way  :)
  • Winter_Winter_ Posts: 6

  • Winter_Winter_ Posts: 6
    AnniD said:
    These things do happen, if they look happy enough together l would probably leave them alone.
     It maybe that in trying to separate them you end up damaging and potentially losing one or possibly both of them.
    If you can post a photo it may help others to give advice. 
    Welcome to the forum by the way  :)

    Thank you. I have uploaded a photo now. The wooden fish is trying to hold a small, floppy stem upright in case you're wondering!

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,459
    I did wonder  :) !
    I think l would still leave them, but maybe there will be different opinions. 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,482
    Hi there, great, you got two plants for the price of one!  While they are still young with root systems not too intertwined, I would try to separate them out carefully, repot in two separate pots similar in size to the current pot, using houseplant compost, then water and leave until the top of the compost dries out before watering again.  Keep your plants out of direct sun, they prefer light shade, and feed every two weeks with diluted housplant food until summer is over. Reduce watering in winter so that the compost is almost dry.  Enjoy your two plants!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.


  • Winter_Winter_ Posts: 6
    Thank you both, I was in two minds. They looked happy enough, but would I need to do something in the future. I did choose to separate, (although while I was trying to tease some of the roots apart I wished I hadn't!)  but this is what we have now.

    Thanks again  :)


  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,482
    Much better!  They'll recover well, just let the roots settle for a couple of weeks before feeding.  If your plants ever look a bit unbalanced, don't be afraid to cut off the offending leaf to obtain a better shape.  
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,459
    edited July 2021
    So glad they came apart without too much difficulty. I know what you mean about getting part way through and thinking it isn't going to work and why on earth did you start but they look happy and healthy. 
    A bargain  :)
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