Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (2022)

  • Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (1)
  • Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (2)
  • Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (3)
  • Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (4)

1 of 2

Zamia furfuracea

  • Houseplants
  • Ornamental Plants

This quirky and lovable plant, also known as Zamia furfuracea, is actually not a palm, but a cycad, an ancient type of plant that dates back to the time of the dinosaurs. And though it's easy to imagine a triceratops munching on its leaves, it is equally at home on your patio or in your living room, where it brings a welcome note of robust greenery to its surroundings. Its branches arch gracefully as it reaches its mature height of 2 to 3 feet indoors, while outdoors it may grow as tall as 5 feet, with a spreading habit that can reach 8 feet around. The pinnate leaves have a coarse, leathery texture, not unlike cardboard — hence its name. Female plants put out unusual cone-like structures that are eye-catching and add interest to this attractive plant. Here are a few more reasons to plant a cardboard palm:

  • The cardboard palm is easy to care for; it needs no fussing over and is resistant to pests and diseases.
  • It is somewhat drought tolerant and very forgiving if you forget to water it regularly.
  • It’s salt-tolerant — a good choice to plant near the ocean in the southern end of its range.
  • Ships in 1-2 days
  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
  • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.


Ships via FastGrowingTrees



Already in Cart

    Continue Shopping Proceed to Checkout

    (Video) Man Risks His Life By Cutting 100-Foot Californian Palm Tree

    Add to Wishlist

    Add To Cart

    Shipping Details:

    Once your order is shipped, you’ll receive an email with a tracking number and estimated delivery date. Most orders ship immediately, but some items are seasonal and may only ship in spring or fall. These products are noted on the website.

    Plant Care


    Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (5)

    Your cardboard palm will thrive in partial to full sun — at least four to six hours of direct light a day.


    Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (6)

    Cardboard palms like moist, but not soggy, soil. Water mature plants about once a week.


    Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (7)

    (Video) Why Ticks Are So Hard To Kill

    Fertilize your cardboard palm throughout the growing season with a product designed for houseplants.

    Planting and Care

    Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (8)

    by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on June 1, 2022

    Planting instructions

    Choose a site for your cardboard palm where it gets at least partial sun during the day. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole, and, while holding it upright and steady, fill in around the roots with good-quality topsoil or, if you’re planting in a container, potting soil. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, around the root zone, to conserve water and hinder weeds.

    Watering and nutrients

    When newly planted, give your cardboard palm some water a few times a week. Once you see new growth starting, you can taper back on supplemental watering. To know if your mature plant needs water, check the soil 2 inches below the surface. If it’s dry, water it thoroughly. In the winter, when your tree is resting, cut back watering to once every other week. Fertilize your cardboard palm with a balanced, slow-release product designed for houseplants or a general-purpose fertilizer if planted outside. You can also cut back on fertilizer during winter.


    Cardboard palms are dioecious, meaning that male and female reproductive parts are on different trees. Male plants form cones that emit pollen, which can pollinate the cones of female trees. These then produce orange, fleshy seeds once fertilized.


    Your cardboard palm doesn’t need pruning for shape; it will naturally assume a pleasing, rounded mound. The only pruning you’ll need to do is to trim off dead, diseased, or damaged branches whenever you see them. Branches arise from the central trunk, and outer branches will slowly wilt away and can be cut out.

    Pests and diseases

    Cardboard palms are susceptible to all the usual houseplant pests, such as aphids and red spider mites. They are also prone to attack by the Florida red scale insect when planted outside. You may have luck when treating outdoor plants by releasing beneficial insects, such as predator wasps or ladybugs, to fight the pests. Cardboard palms may suffer from any one of a host of fungal diseases that are caused or encouraged by overwatering and may cause root rot. Be sure to plant them in a container that has excellent drainage, and avoid getting water on the leaves whenever possible.

    Achieving maximum results

    In most of its range, the cardboard palm needs to be planted in a container and brought in whenever the temperatures go below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It makes an excellent houseplant and adapts easily to container living. There are a few considerations to having a houseplant, though, that you don’t have with outdoor plants. For one, note that you’ll want to monitor it more carefully to determine when it needs water. A plant grown outdoors can develop a deep root system that can access moisture below the surface, but a pot-grown plant is limited by the confines of its container. So you may need to water your cardboard palm more often. The same is true with fertilizer. It will need more regular applications of plant food throughout the growing season than an outdoor plant might. Also, with a household plant, it’s a good idea to wipe down the leaves regularly with a damp cloth to help keep them free of dust and to deter insects.


    Where can I grow a cardboard palm outside?

    Cardboard palms can be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. That includes much of Florida, the southern parts of Texas and Louisiana, and California's coastal areas. In these sites, your plant may grow as tall as 5 feet and should thrive in your garden. In the rest of the U.S., plant your cardboard palm in a container with good drainage and bring it inside when the temperature goes below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Is the cardboard palm toxic?

    Yes. All parts of this plant are toxic and can cause serious illness to humans and animals. For this reason, it's a good idea to keep your container-grown plant where it will not be accessible to young children or companion animals.

    How fast do cardboard palms grow?

    Cardboard palms are very slow-growing plants. The benefit here is that they do not need to be re-potted as often some houseplants do, and you may go several years without needing to select a larger container for your growing plant.

    Compare Similar Products

    • Zebra Plants

      • Mature Height

        Varies by variety

      • Mature Width

        Varies by variety

      • Sunlight Requirement

        Varies by variety

      • Growth Rate

        Varies by variety

      (Video) SECRET BAKING SODA HACK || The Most Powerful Organic Pesticide Mixture
    • Spiderwort Plants

      • Mature Height

        Varies by variety

      • Mature Width

        Varies by variety

      • Sunlight Requirement

        Varies by variety

      • Growth Rate

        Varies by variety

    • Spider Plants

      • Rating

        Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (12) 1 reviews

      • Mature height

        2-3 ft.

      • Mature width

        2-3 ft.

      • Sunlight requirement

        Indirect to Low Light

      • Growth rate


    • Aloe Vera

      • Rating

        Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (14) 1 reviews

      • Mature height

        3-4 ft.

      • Mature width

        3-4 ft.

      • Sunlight requirement

        Direct Light

      • Growth rate


    • Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane Plant)

      • Mature Height

        2-5 ft.

      • Mature Width

        2-3 ft.

      • Sunlight Requirement

        Indirect to Low Light

      • Growth Rate


      (Video) Turn Apple Seeds Into A Tree! How To Grow Apples From An Apple Seed
    Mature height
    2-3 ft Indoors
    2-5ft Outdoors
    Mature width
    3-4 ft Indoors
    5-8 ft Outdoors
    Sunlight requirement
    Direct Light
    Growth rate
    Botanical name
    Zamia furfuracea
    Shipping exclusions
    Grows Well In Zones
    4-11 / 9-11
    Cardboard Palm for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide - (16)
    Growing Zones: 4-11 / 9-11 iGrowing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.

    (hardy down to -10°F)

    Cardboard Palm

    Zamia furfuracea

    • Ships in 1-2 days
    • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
    • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.




    (Video) A Simple Way To Root Plants From Cuttings


    How big does a cardboard palm get? ›

    Cardboard Palm fronds grow to at least 3 feet long, with 12 pairs of leaves that run side-by-side down the stems. Outdoors, the plant can reach nearly 6 feet in diameter.

    Why is my cardboard palm turning brown? ›

    Too much sunlight will lead to sun scorch, with typical signs including browning or crispy leaves, dry leaf-edges, sunken leaves or stunted growth. Although too little light will cause over-watering issues, excess sunlight will be a detriment to the plant as well.

    How much sun does a cardboard palm need? ›

    Cardboard palms grow best in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. Indoors, place your plant by your brightest window, and be sure to rotate the pot regularly so all parts of the plant get an even amount of light.

    Can cardboard palms take full sun? ›

    Growth Conditions. Native to Mexico, cardboard plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, which means it is best suited for central and south Florida. Growing in full sun or shade, cardboard plant tolerates a variety of well-drained soils.

    Are cardboard palms invasive? ›

    This species does not appear on any state or national invasive species lists.

    How often should you water a cardboard palm? ›

    Planting & Care

    From there, place the plant, back fill the soil and water to settle the roots. 2. Watering: Water regularly, about once per week, to keep the soil moist but not oversaturated. If you're not sure when to water, check the soil about 2 to 3 inches down – if the soil here is dry, it's time to water.

    What is the easiest palm to grow? ›

    Also known as the bamboo palm, the areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) is one of the easiest palms to grow indoors thanks to its tolerance for low light. It produces large, feathery green fronds that have a gentle curve. The areca palm prefers a moderate amount of water.

    Is Epsom salt good for palm trees? ›

    But if your palm is suffering from a magnesium deficiency, Epsom salt can be a good supplement in addition to regular fertilizer applications. If that's the case, use Epsom salt. Sprinkle 2 to 3 pounds of Epsom salt under the tree's canopy, then water.

    Should I cut the brown ends off my palm? ›

    Cut leaves that are entirely brown or yellow at the base – near the stem or at the soil. Be sure not to tug the leaves, as this can damage healthy parts of the plant. If only part of the leaf is brown or yellow, remove only the affected area.

    Why is my cardboard plant dying? ›

    Old leaves naturally turn yellow as they age, before turning brown and dying. Overwatering can lead to yellowing and in extreme cases of overwatering the crown can rot, if this happens unfortunately you cannot save it.

    Do cardboard palms have thorns? ›

    Known also as a leatherleaf palm, the Zamia furfuracea is actually a cycad with thick smooth foliage and up to 12 pairs of dark green leaflets cascading from each frond. No needles or spines, so you can plant it along a walkway if you like (just remember it may spread up to eight feet wide and five feet tall).

    Are cardboard palms cold hardy? ›

    Knowing how to grow Zamia palms starts with knowing your USDA planting zone. This little guy is not winter hardy in the majority of North American regions, but it makes an excellent container or houseplant anywhere. Grow it outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11 year-round.

    Do palm trees need a lot of rain? ›

    Palms do most of their growing during the summer's warm months so they will need a lot of moisture to keep up with the expelling of energy they require to grow. In the absence of rainfall, water frequently during this period to maintain moisture content just below the surface.

    What do you cover palm trees with in winter? ›

    Mulch small palms with a layer of chopped leaves. Cover the base and crown, but don't smother the plant completely. During a cold snap, protect the entire plant by adding a box or blanket over the leaf mulch. Do not cover a palm completely (excluding sunlight) for more than 3 days.

    Are cardboard palms toxic? ›

    While the entire plant is poisonous, it is the seeds in the cones that are deadly. The cardboard palm is known by many other names including coontie plant, sago palm, and sago tree to name a few.

    What is the best mulch to put around palm trees? ›

    Generally any mulch consisting of organic material is good. Often organic mulch from palm parts is stringy and not as esthetically pleasing as pine straw, pine bark or wood chips. My favorite mulch is that produced by tree service chippers especially that of pine trees and broad leaf trees.

    What are the disadvantages of palm trees? ›

    • Maintenance – Palm trees require some maintenance. Smaller trees can be easy to do on your own, but larger palm trees may require professional assistance. ...
    • Sensitive to cold – Palm trees are sensitive to cold environments.

    What are palm trees not good at? ›

    A tree absorbs carbon during photosynthesis and stores it for the life of the tree. But Florida's beloved palms are the least effective at carbon sequestration. The average palm in southern Florida only absorbs 5 pounds of CO2 per year.

    Do palm trees cause foundation problems? ›

    It's highly unlikely that a palm tree's roots will damage concrete. The roots for palm trees stay the same diameter for the life of the root. There are many roots but they are thin. Other trees have roots that grow thicker as they mature, which can lead to a crack in a sidewalk or concrete surface.

    Is cardboard palm drought tolerant? ›

    Once established, the Zamia Cardboard Palm is drought tolerant with low to moderate water needs. Caring for one is easy too. They require minimal maintenance, and palm fertilizer is beneficial to its development.

    Can you overwater a palm tree? ›

    Sadly, a palm tree overwatered can quickly turn into a disaster. If you overwater your palm tree too much, it will begin to droop, and leaves start to rot. Sometimes you can save your plant by cutting off the dead parts and replanting it again. But if you don't take care of it soon enough, it will die.

    Does the cardboard plant flower? ›

    Cardboard palm has no distinguishing fragrance and produces a cone instead of flowers. The female zamia plant produces a large, egg-shaped cone while the smaller male plant has a long, oval-shaped cone. Insects usually perform pollination.

    What is the hardiest palm tree? ›

    Needle Palm Tree (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)

    Meet the hardiest palm on record: needle palm. This is a clump forming palm and makes a nice statement in a landscape. The northernmost clump known to be growing without protection resides on Cape Cod.

    What is the best time of year to plant a palm tree? ›

    The first winter is the most stressful period for a newly planted palm tree. Although they can be transplanted any time of the year, the best time to plant palms is during spring or early summer, when the soil temperatures are on the increase. This way the palms get 5 to 6 months to grow strong before the first frost.

    How much does a palm tree grow in 1 year? ›

    But the following average growth rates for these popular types should provide a better idea of what to expect: European Fan Palm: up to 10 inches per year. Lady Palms: between 3 and 10 inches per year. Foxtail Palm: more than a foot per year.

    Is a ZZ plant the same as a cardboard palm? ›

    It has pinnate leaves and round tapering petioles, and appears similar to the cardboard cycad (Zamia furfuracea), which is why 'ZZ' is also called 'Aroid Palm' or 'Cardboard Palm'. Its naturally glossy leaves are so shiny that the plant appears to have been polished.

    How long can palm trees live in pots? ›

    Generally speaking, if you want to grow a palm in a container, select species that are either slow-growing or low-growing which should be able to remain in the same container for 2-4 years. After that time, transplant them into a larger container.

    Can palm trees be left in pots? ›

    Palms grown in containers should also be protected or brought under cover for the winter. Where containers are left outdoors, ensure the pot is bubble-wrapped to prevent frost damage to the roots.

    Is Miracle Grow good for palm trees? ›

    Miracle Grow Shake and Feed is great for palms, and all tropical plants. Best part is one only has to apply every 3 months!

    What fertilizer is best for palm trees? ›

    Mature palms in the landscape should be fertilized with 8-2-12 fertilizer which is a complete, granular, palm tree fertilizer, specially formulated for palms and containing all the essential elements and manganese: a mineral that helps prevent yellowing and necrosis between the leaf veins and a reduction in leaf size.

    Is Baking Soda Good for palm trees? ›

    In general, baking soda is indeed beneficial to plants, palm trees included. Baking soda helps in combating the growth of fungal spores. Baking soda also helps the soil get less acidic and, in turn, more alkaline, which is good for palm trees.

    What happens if you don't prune a palm tree? ›

    They Can Become Safety Hazards

    First of all, unpruned palm trees will have dead fronds that might fall on someone or something at any time. Regardless of if the palm tree is located near a property or where people normally pass by, you'll never know what damage could occur.

    What happens if you don't trim palm trees? ›

    Dangers of Not Trimming

    These fronds may fall off with time, and may cause accidents or injuries upon doing so. Dead palm fronds that gather in a yard are a fire hazard and may harbor pests. Palm trees with excessive dead fronds may also be unattractive in a well-tended garden.

    How long does cardboard last in garden? ›

    In more typical garden conditions — when a piece of cardboard is used as mulch or specifically shredded and soaked to decompose efficiently — biodegradation occurs quickly, with the majority of cardboard completely broken down within three months.

    Does cardboard turn into soil? ›

    Decomposing cardboard adds organic matter to the soil, improving your garden's drainage and boosting nutrient levels. Earthworms flock to the dark, moist, safe habitat cardboard provides, leaving behind a nutrient-rich layer of worm castings–free fertilizer!

    Can you revive a rotten plant? ›

    Start by trimming all the dead parts first. Do the same with the stems, one bit at a time, until you see signs of green. If the stems are completely dead but the roots are still intact, leave bits - about 5 cm - of stem intact above the soil. When your plant revives, the new stems will sprout from these old stems.

    What are the little balls growing on my palm tree? ›

    What Are the Balls on My Palm Tree?. All trees go through a reproductive cycle resulting in seed pods, nuts or fruit. The balls on the tops of palm trees are the result of a palm tree's healthy reproductive cycle, or its fruits. The majority of these fruits are edible, with coconuts and dates among the most ...

    Why do they wrap palm trees with metal? ›

    Why Do Some Palm Trees Around the City Have Metal Bands Attached to Their Trunks? Cinching a belt about four to ten feet from the base of the trunk helps keep rodents and other wildlife from making a home at the top. The apparatus also discourages domestic animals from reaching new heights.

    Can you divide a cardboard plant? ›

    Cardboard palms, like other cycads, produce small offspring, called offsets or pups, around the root. You can collect these as you dig and replant them. Dig out the soil to expose the root and look for small clones attached to the main structure. Each clone should have one to two leaves growing from the center.

    How big does a cardboard palm grow? ›

    Cardboard Palm fronds grow to at least 3 feet long, with 12 pairs of leaves that run side-by-side down the stems. Outdoors, the plant can reach nearly 6 feet in diameter.

    Can I leave my palm plant outside in winter? ›

    No, your Majestic palm cannot be left outdoors over the year because the plant gets extremely finicky with cold temperatures and can potentially die during temperature dips. If you really want it to survive, make sure it gets a temperature between 35 and 80 degrees F.

    Do palms come back after a freeze? ›

    Can Palm Trees Survive Being Frozen? Unfortunately, once the center, or “heart,” of a palm tree has been frozen, nothing can be done to salvage it. Unlike most trees, palms are not able to easily handle disease and damage or repair wounds.

    Do you water palm trees every day? ›

    You should water your newly planted palm tree every day for 2-3 weeks, every other day for the following 2-3 weeks and then switch to 3 times a week. The palm's soil should be always moist but not allow for water to pool for extended periods of time.

    Do palm trees need fertilizer? ›

    Fertilizer Nutrients Critical to Palms

    Palms must be fertilized to remain healthy. Palms can suffer from a number of conditions based on the nutrients deficient in the soil. The most common nutrient deficiency is potassium, the first signs of which will be some sort of yellowing of older leaves.

    Should I cut off yellow palm leaves? ›

    The removal of yellow fronds will actually push the nutritional deficiency up into the new growth. This could lead to the death of the palm. Therefore, only remove fronds that are totally brown.

    How big do cardboard Cycads grow? ›

    HEIGHT & WIDTH : Up to 1 m H x 1.5-2 m W.

    How big are cardboard cycads? ›

    Low growing, with fronds up to 1m long.

    How long does it take for a palm tree to get full size? ›

    It usually grows more than a foot a year and can reach its full height in 20 years or less.

    Is a cardboard palm a ZZ plant? ›

    ZZ plant is also called arum fern, cardboard palm, eternity plant, and aroid palm. This easy-to-grow houseplant thrives in low light conditions, such as that from east- or north-facing windows.

    Where is the best place to plant a cycad? ›

    Where to grow Cycads. Most cycads are well suited to a tropical or warm temperate climate. They prefer a well-drained soil and a full sun position, however some varieties may prefer some protection from hot, afternoon sun. Most species resent full shade.

    What is the lifespan of a cycad? ›

    Cycads are incredibly long-lived, with some individuals in the wild estimated to be around 1,000 years old. One of the oldest cycads “in captivity” is in Kew Gardens in London, and it at least 228 years old. Part of the secret of their longevity is that they grow very slowly – producing just a few leaves each year.

    Do cycads need a lot of water? ›

    Watering: will vary according to the individual species. Usually once a week, and more frequently during the hot summer months.

    Are cycad roots deep? ›

    Cycads have very large root systems for the size of the plant above the ground. This is most apparent with plants in the juvenile stage. A simple single leaf germinated seed can have a main root that is quite large.

    What is the easiest palm tree to take care of? ›

    Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans : Parlor palms have a reputation as some of the easiest indoor palm trees to care for—they need just average light and temperature, and require no special care beyond the occasional trim.

    Which palm tree does not grow tall? ›

    The Chinese needle and dwarf palmetto are both short, slow-growing groundcover palms with fanning leaves. Coontie palms reach only 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 m.) in height and take on the appearance of small, manageable bushes.

    Do palm trees need a lot of water? ›

    Most palms will only require watering only if the top 2 inches or so of the soil has dried out. Palms do most of their growing during the summer's warm months so they will need a lot of moisture to keep up with the expelling of energy they require to grow.

    How many times a week do you water a palm tree? ›

    You should water your newly planted palm tree every day for 2-3 weeks, every other day for the following 2-3 weeks and then switch to 3 times a week. The palm's soil should be always moist but not allow for water to pool for extended periods of time.


    1. Overwintering Peppers - Grow This Year's Peppers again NEXT YEAR!
    (Next Level Gardening)
    2. DATE SEED GERMINATION | How to Grow Date Palm Tree from Seed | Date Palm Plant - Sprouting Seeds
    (Sprouting Seeds)
    3. AUDC: JoJo BREAKS DOWN Over Technique Criticism (Season 2 Flashback) | Lifetime
    4. Everyone will be buying hula hoops after seeing this breathtaking garden idea!
    5. 5 Tips to Growing Lavender Perfectly No Matter Where You Live
    (Epic Gardening)
    6. 5 Tips How to Grow a Ton of Lemongrass at Home
    (Self Sufficient Me)

    Top Articles

    You might also like

    Latest Posts

    Article information

    Author: Maia Crooks Jr

    Last Updated: 08/05/2022

    Views: 6175

    Rating: 4.2 / 5 (63 voted)

    Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

    Author information

    Name: Maia Crooks Jr

    Birthday: 1997-09-21

    Address: 93119 Joseph Street, Peggyfurt, NC 11582

    Phone: +2983088926881

    Job: Principal Design Liaison

    Hobby: Web surfing, Skiing, role-playing games, Sketching, Polo, Sewing, Genealogy

    Introduction: My name is Maia Crooks Jr, I am a homely, joyous, shiny, successful, hilarious, thoughtful, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.