Plant Care Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm

About Cardboard Palm

Cardboard Palm is a popular 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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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!

Benefits of Growing Cardboard Palm →

Common Cardboard Palm Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cardboard Palm prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cardboard Palm Water Frequency →

Cardboard Palm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cardboard Palm requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cardboard Palm Light Requirements →

Cardboard Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


🪴 Soil

Cardboard Palm does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Cardboard Palm →


💩 Fertilizer

Cardboard Palm grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Cardboard Palm →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cardboard Palm is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Cardboard Palm →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cardboard Palm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cardboard Palm Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Cardboard Palm can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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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