Chamaedorea cataractarum (Cat palm) is a small to medium-sized palm native to Mexico. It typically grows between 2 and 5 feet tall, but can reach up to 10 feet with age. The Cat palm has a robust upright trunk and deep green leaflets. It is considered semi-shade loving, and prefers some shade during the heat of the day but will tolerate full sun in cooler regions.
When it comes to caring for the Cat palm, it's important to keep the soil moist at all times. While it is tolerant of drier conditions, its best to water the plant at least once a week to maintain optimal growth and health. An occasional misting of the foliage is beneficial and helps keep dust off the leaves.
The Cat palm is a wonderful choice for both indoors and outdoors, and with its ability to thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, it can be grown as a house plant in colder regions as well. When grown indoors, the plant should be placed in a location where it will get adequate light but not direct sun exposure.
The Cat palm is an easy-to-care for and attractive house plant. With a bit of attention, it can be kept looking its best, and can bring a touch of the tropics to any living space.