How to Grow Cat Palm Care For Your Palm Trees Indoors

cat palm care

Palm trees are a common feature of any cat’s home. They usually grow up to 5 feet high and are used as a structure for climbing on. Other common names for cat palm trees are cascading palms or cataracts palm. Another popular form of houseplants palm in the same family is the porch palm (Euterpe oleracea), which also grows up to five feet high and is sometimes used as a climbing plant.


A group of palm trees next to a body of water

Repotting is one of the most important aspects of cat palm care. Unlike flowers that only bloom for a short time each year and then must be replanted, palms produce buds every three or four months and will stay growing until the warmer weather comes again. Repot them as needed, but check regularly if the soil is dry – if so, remove the plants and replant new ones. If you find the soil is moist and damp, though, repot the plants and water the area again.

Like other members of their family, houseplants need bright indirect light to grow well. Since cat palms do not have true leaves, they cannot get the sun they need to produce flowers and leaves – but they do still need to get as much exposure to light as possible, especially during the early months of the year when they are in their dormant stage. For this reason, they must be placed in areas with an adequate amount of natural sunlight.

Sunlight Matters

A palm tree

To encourage the best cat palm care, keep your houseplants in an area where they get at least six hours of bright indirect light. This will ensure that they can produce healthy flowers and leaves. For indoor plantings, you may want to place them in an area where they can be given at least six hours of morning sunshine. This will also give them a good amount of sun to block out the afternoon heat. Even when you do place them inside, though, you need to give them some sunlight to prevent damage from the afternoon sun rays.

Watering And Fertilization

Watering is another part of the cat palm trees’ maintenance. They need to be watered often to help keep them healthy. Watering should be done once a week if the soil is dry; more often, if the soil is moist. You may want to consider using a misting bottle instead of water because spraying the leaves will not damage the leaves or your indoor plant. However, remember that watering indoors can lead to the growth of fungus and mold.

Like other plants, cat palms should be fertilized regularly. Fertilizer should be given every month during the growing season (which is between April and May), and then fertilizer should be added during the fall. Other times of the year when you may need to fertilize are the months surrounding spring planting, as well as the months after the last frost.


To get the best from your cat palms indoors, you should take the time to properly prepare the soil. The fertilizer will not grow well if the soil is not prepared properly. You can either make your potting soil or purchase potting soil at a garden store. You must follow all of the guidelines for watering and fertilizing that are listed in your owner’s manual, or you will end up with unhealthy, wet soil.

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