Yellowing Cat Palms - Knowledgebase Question

Coral Springs, Fl
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Question by lsegall
March 16, 2010
I purchases 4 cat palms (houseplants) from Home Depot recently. They were doing great for about a week, then they all started to

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010
If you recently repotted them, they are probably just showing a little transplant stress. As soon as they settle in they should perk up. Cat palms are difficult indoors because they need to be kept constantly moist but not left sitting in water or their roots will rot. The potting soil should have a lot of peat moss to hold moisture and feel a bit spongy. It should be watered whenever the surface of the soil feels dry but the drain tray should not be left with water in it for more than an hour or two. Dump out the excess water or suction it out with a turkey baster. Cat palms need high humidity so misting will help if the indoor air is dry. I think in time your plants will recover and begin to grow nicely for you. In the meantime, leave the yellowing fronds on the plant. When they turn brown you can pull or clip them off. Good luck with your plants!

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