Plant Care Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm

About Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Cardboard Palm likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Cardboard Palm belongs to the zamia genus, and is native to Mexico.

⚠️ Cardboard Palm is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Zamia furfuracea
Zamia
Zamiaceae
Cycadales

How to care for Cardboard Palm

Water

How often to water your Cardboard Palm

Water needs for Cardboard Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Cardboard Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cardboard Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Cardboard Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cardboard Palm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cardboard Palm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cardboard Palm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cardboard Palm in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Cardboard Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cardboard Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cardboard Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Cardboard Palm is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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