Chamaedorea cataractarum cat palm - Knowledgebase Question

Golenen Valley, Mi
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Question by warrenenglun
July 17, 2010
Need advise on trimming

Answer from NGA
July 17, 2010
Cat palm tends to send up several stems from the root system, forming a large clump. These clumps will spread to about two feet wide, but the outer trunks can be horizontal and forked, creating the look of an 8 foot wide plant. You can dig and divide your cat palm if the clump is getting too large, or you can simply trim off completely any foliage that has turned brown or is yellowing and about to die. Some people are sensitive to the plant so when you prune, be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves to protect your hands and arms. Hope this provides the help you were looking for.

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