On Feb 15, 2013, Patricia1671 from Quaker City, OH wrote:
I have three cat palms in my home. I recently noticed that three seed stems have grown in the largest and oldest palm. Two are still green and the third was a brown color. After doing some research I found that these seeds are only viable when they turn brown. If the seed stems are removed from the plant before they are brown they will not germinate. Germination of viable seeds is 1 to 3 months at 82 to 90 degrees F. My other two palms have no seed stems appearing on them at this time as they are younger divisions of the original plant. I am going to plant the seeds that I have collected in a couple of weeks in my new greenhouse and see how well they will do.
On Apr 23, 2012, Gwaychee from Union Park, FL wrote:
I purchased my Cat Palm at a local "Membership only," large scale store.
I am disabled and mostly home bound.
My caretakers re-potted it to a nice new large pot. But, they left part of the root ball exposed. And, the poor plant was fading away on that same side.
I ended up buying and PROPERLY, re-potting the Cat Palm in a same size pot out on my porch in like 100 degree heat. I even managed, I don't know how, considering it;s size, my partial paralysis, and the incredible heat, to get my baby back inside to its cozy shaded corner, just next to the glass wall in my condo.
Doing all this, I ended up hospitalized with a minor heat stroke.
To my surprise, they day I got home, about a week ago, my Cat palm gave me a welcome home present. It had said thank you, and had bloomed for me.
On Feb 27, 2010, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:
i have a very sick plant.. attacked by cats, and infested by scale... solution, move to a cat free area of house, and clean scale off with rubbing alcohol.. most of the leaves were cut away, leaving 2 reletively healthy leaves. this palm needs alot of help, and am hoping i can keep it alive till i can put it back outside in spring
The cat palm performs very well here in Mobile. It loves our wet, humid summer weather and the mild, wet winters. I have two in large pots in continuous shade. Highly recommended if you can keep it wet.
On Mar 28, 2007, pheitmeyer from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
Bought this plant in January @ home d for $12. Repotted it in a slightly larger container in a west facing patio with direct drip and misting. So far it is loving it, as someone else noted, you can't overwater this plant. It would be hard to keep this as wet inside the house.
On Jan 15, 2004, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Relatively common palm, sometimes sold at outlet nurseries. Pretty versatile suckering palm for shady areas- does great in zone 9b for me, and does very well in Hawaii, too. Some here in California grow it in full sun, and though it sometimes blanches in heat, it tolerates full sun, even in low watering conditions... just doesn't always look that great. Tends to be more stunted and have stiffer, short fronds in full sun. Does better, I think, in sunny positions along the coast and particularly the east coast (more humidity).
Makes a green, drooping hedge. Never really gets a trunk and spreads slowly.
Also performs well as an indoor palm, though sometimes it's hard to keep it as moist as it would like... but it does take a good deal of dark without too much problem. Sometimes has water issues indoors- as salts build up in the pot, leaves brown tip and look bad. Need to take it outdoors and thoroughly water then, to get the salts to rinse out. Best if you have non-tap water to use (bottled, or reverse osmosis).
Can grow in boggy situations without a problem, either. This is how it grows in nature (Central American jungles)
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mobile, Alabama Glendale, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Berkeley, California Hayward, California Los Angeles, California Martinez, California Redondo Beach, California Reseda, California San Anselmo, California Santa Barbara, California (2 reports) Santee, California Tarzana, California Temecula, California Thousand Oaks, California Big Pine Key, Florida Brandon, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Greater Northdale, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida South Venice, Florida Stuart, Florida Terrytown, Louisiana Quaker City, Ohio Hermitage, Tennessee Abram-perezville, Texas Houston, Texas San Antonio, Texas