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Cat Palm

Chamaedorea cataractarum

Make a statement in your home with the Cat Palm. This floor plant will brighten up any corner with an exotic flare. Just keep the soil most, and the sun shining and it will be happy!

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Cat Palms (Chamaedorea cataractarum) are indoor trees native to Southern Mexico. They can grow up to 3 feet indoors. They can be grown outdoors in the summer when it's hot but must be brought in when temperatures fall below 50 degrees. Only in the sunny and warm areas in hardiness zones 11 and 12 can these trees be kept outside all year long. Their long, narrow leaves burst out from the center, creating a dramatic and exotic appearance. Just keep the soil moist and put the plant in medium to bright light and it will be very easy to care for!


Growzone: 9-11 Cat Palm Hardiness Zones 9-11
Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 48 to 60" Indoors / 20 to 25 feet Outdoors
Mature Width: 30" - 36" Indoors / 8 to 10 feet Outdoors
Classification: Green Foliage
Sunlight: Bright indirect or some direct light Indoors / Full to partial sun outdoors
Habit: Clump Forming
Flower Color: White
Foliage: Glossy Green, grassy
Soil Condition: Well-draining, cactus or succulent mix (part sand)
Water Requirements: Likes to stay moist
Uses: Excellent indoors as a focal point or background. Areca Palms can be used as a privacy screen in warmer climates.

How to Care for Cat Palm

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

What is the best soil for Cat Palms?

What is the best soil for Cat Palms?

Cat Palms prefer a soil that drains well. Consider a soil with peat moss in it; we recommend our African Violet Mix.

What is the optimal light for Chamaedorea cataractarum?

What is the optimal light for Chamaedorea cataractarum?

Bright indirect light is ideal. Cat Palms love the light; they may start to lean toward the light source so every couple of weeks be sure to rotate your plant to keep it symmetrical.

How often should I water my Cat Palm?

How often should I water my Cat Palm?

Water when the top inch or two of soil is dry. This will keep the soil moist. As mentioned, choose a well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes so there is no resting water in the bottom of the pot (which can cause root rot).

How do I fertilize my Cat Palm?

How do I fertilize my Cat Palm?

Any houseplant fertilizer will do, but Osmocote Granular fertilizer is best for 2 a year application (spring and summer). It is slow release and will provide your palm with continuous nutrients during its growing season.


Frequently Asked questions

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Is the Cat Palm Poisonous to Pets?

Can Cat Palms be propagated by division?


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