Plant Care Cat Palm

Cat Palm

3.9 out of 5 (25 experiences)

Cat Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Cat Palm

The cat palm is a petite palm native to Central America. Indoors, the cat palm grows up to three feet, and up to six feet outdoors. They’re a perfect choice to spruce up the corner of a room near a window. In its native habitat, the cat palm grows along rivers and other waterways in marshy soil and its flexible fronds allow it to withstand seasonal flooding! 🌴


Chamaedorea cataractarum

How to care for Cat Palm


How often to water your Cat Palm

Water needs for Cat Palm
0.5 cups
every 12

Cat Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Cat Palm

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cat Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cat Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cat Palm may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Cat Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cat 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 Cat Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cat Palm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Cat Palm

Cat Palm

Cat Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Cat Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Cat Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 11
Cat Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Cat Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Cat Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Cat Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Cat Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@beastlyblake25 avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 3,991 XP
globe Logan, UT

Browns so easy and is a pest magnet. I got spider mites and chopped the plant all the way back and changed the soil. No pests yet but wow is it slow growing. Save yourself the trouble

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@Junglevision avatar
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 1,104 XP
globe Hanover, NH

Hard to keep from tips turning brown but love this plant so much! So pretty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Oliwia avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Wadebridge, England

very easy to look after!!

Survivor Survivor
@Philbobaggins avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 129 XP
globe Dallas, TX

Finicky little b****

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@blairular avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 1,066 XP
globe Denver, CO

Beautiful, but high maintenance. This one is happy with us and has been putting out a lot of new shoots, but I’ve had to put in the time to make it happen. Daily misted and lots of water, plus constant pest checks and neem baths. Worth it if you’re willing to put in the time!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@Heather avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 1,137 XP
globe Tucson, AZ

This guy is so finicky. Too much light, not enough, look at it wrong and the tips start to brown. It’s safe for pets which is def a plus but it was not happy in my south facing room. Maybe it will be happier with you!

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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