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Cat Palm Is A Beautiful Low-Maintenance Plant

If you want to have a nice fluffy small palm tree that you can grow in your yard you will enjoy growing the cat palm which is also known as the Chamaedorea Cataractarum. These palms make good background plants and they can form a thick screen for your front yard or your back yard. They require very little upkeep or maintenance and will tolerate a wide range of weather conditions.

Cat palm specifications

Although it is called the “Cat Palm,” it is quite different from other palm trees. It does not possess a trunk but has a cluster of palm leaves. It looks like a group of green feathers growing in a mass. Although these palms tolerate moderate sun, they prefer shade. They are not suited for growing in direct sunlight. They will grow slowly and spread in width.

Cat palm care

All plants will grow better if they are tended properly and not neglected. These palms need a moderate amount of water and some sunshine. You should fertilize the palm every four months. If you cannot place it in a shady location, it will require more water and it must be fertilized more often. The fronds of the palm should be trimmed occasionally to maintain a nice shape.

Where to grow cat palm?

These small plants are fleecy and will add beauty to any environment. You can put them below a windowsill by your house, near a pool, beneath a tree, or you can raise them in pot on the stairs, beside your main doors, in a spot in the corner of your yard, or anywhere that an attractive plant will be welcomed. However you need to know that this plant is not tolerant of water that has too much salt or chlorine.

Choosing your cat palm

First, you should choose a healthy cat palm from the local nursery or garden center. Inspect the leaves to be sure there is no damage from insects. It is better to choose a small plant that has many leaves instead of a large plant that has a lot of leaves. Once you have chosen a good plant, pick a pot that is the right size for it.

The cat palm is from the tropics and it likes a tropical climate so do not leave it in a cool or dark room; it needs moderate sunshine and high humidity. When the roots of the plant start bulging out of the pot it is time to move it into a larger pot or bigger space. The soil should contain a lot of peat for good drainage. Each plant should be at least three feet away from the next one so they have room to spread.

Cat palms often suffer from insect infestations. Spider mites and bugs that have waxy shells can hurt the leaves. You can remove these pests by using soapy water to wash the leaves gently and then rinse with clear water without allowing the soapy water to get near the roots. If these bugs return you should dispose of your cat palm.

Matt works with FindYourWayHome.com–a group of experienced Tulsa realtors. Their site is also a host of an informative Tulsa real estate blog.

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