Chamaedorea cataractarum

Cat Palm, Cascade Palm, Cataract Palm

A small clumping palm native to southern Mexico, often found growing alongside streams and waterfalls giving us the common names of Cataract or Cascade Palm. Best kept in a shaded position with high humidity.

It could be tried outdoors in the mildest parts of the country as it is said to tolerate a few degrees of frost.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Cat palm is best kept in very humid conditions. In its natural environment it will happily grow in areas susceptible to floods.

Make sure the soil stays moist at all times and regularly mist the leaves to prevent brown tips from forming.

Fertilise in spring and summer months with an organic (sea weed based) high nitrogen fertiliser.

Palm trivia

The Cataract Palm is a symbol of good luck in some cultures and is believed to bring prosperity and good health.