This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
It is the elegant or the majestic habit of Palms, and the conspicuous character and freshness of their leaves, which distinguish them as decorative plants. Some Palms also possess floral charms, in which respect none are more beautiful than Champedorea Hartwegii, which develops its branched spadices, studded with numerous orange-coloured petals, during winter and spring. The male plants are more showy than the female, but when the former have shed their bloom, the latter become ornamental by the production of fruit, which remains till the close of autumn. The Chamredorea is a native of Caraccas, an elevated region near the coast of Venezuela, 10° north latitude, consequently it thrives best in a stove or an intermediate house. Plants 2 feet high and upwards make good flowering specimens; but in order to secure an effective display, three conditions are essential - namely, liberal supplies of water and of liquid manure during the time of active growth; exposure to air and sunlight, so far as this can be done without scorching; and lastly, the destruction of scale and bug, which often lodge unobserved in the axils of the leaves. Standard plants will succeed for several years in a 10-inch pot, but to prevent its becoming too dry in the heat of summer, I place flats below them.
The soil should consist of a good fibry loam with a little sand added, and the petting must be firmly done. Fertilisation is effected simply by placing the two sexes so that the pollen falls on the female spadix; but the operation must be performed when the stigma is well seen, and when the stamens will bear a touch with the point of a knife. Our plants have bloomed in succession since November, and those which were impregnated are swelling their fruit. James Scott.