Cat Palm - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, Or
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Question by franfranco5
October 28, 2009
Why does my Chamaedorea Cataractarum ends of the leaves get brown. is it because its sick or does it happen and I need to trim them. its an inside palm

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009
Browning leaves on palms are usually a sign of dry indoor air, over watering or salt build up in the soil. With your cat palm, though, overwatering is generally not a problem. They seem to like soils on the moist side. I'd trim off the brown and occasionally flush excess salts out of the soil by flooding the soil, allowing it to drain, then flooding a second and third time. Water your plant when the top of the soil begins to dry out. Dry indoor air can be counteracted by misting your plant on a daily basis. Best wishes with your cat palm.

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