Plant Care Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

About Swamp Cabbage

Cabbage Palmetto is a tree in the palm (Arecaceae) family. It is found in maritime forests, marsh edges, and other near-coastal communities. It's not hardy in the mountains, but does well in the coastal forests and marsh edges. The plant is highly salt tolerant and has fragrant flowers.

Taxonomy

Sabal palmetto
Sabal
Arecaceae
Arecales

Also known as

Blue Palmetto, Blue Palmetto, Cabbage palm, Cabbage-palm, Palmetto, Cabbage palmetto, Carolina palmetto, Common palmetto, Swamp cabbage and Sabal palm

How to care for Swamp Cabbage

💦 Water

How often to water your Swamp Cabbage

Water needs for Swamp Cabbage
0.5 cups
every 9

Swamp Cabbage 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 Swamp Cabbage

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Blue Palmetto in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Swamp Cabbage: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Swamp Cabbage love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Swamp Cabbage does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Swamp Cabbage

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Swamp Cabbage 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.

Blue Palmetto Water Frequency →

Blue Palmetto Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Swamp Cabbage 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 🏡.

Blue Palmetto Light Requirements →

Blue Palmetto Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Blue Palmetto Toxicity to Cats →

Blue Palmetto Toxicity to Dogs →

Blue Palmetto Toxicity to Humans →


🪴 Soil

Swamp Cabbage 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!

Best Soil Mix for Blue Palmetto →

When and How to Successfully Repot Blue Palmetto →


💩 Fertilizer

Swamp Cabbage 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 Blue Palmetto →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Swamp Cabbage will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Blue Palmetto →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Swamp Cabbage can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Blue Palmetto Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage


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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