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Cardboard Palm

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  • Tropical Indoor Plant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Slow Growth Rate
  • Can Handle Direct Sunlight or Partial Shade

With Cardboard Palm, you can impress your friends by growing something that has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, even if your plant is brand new. Cardboard Palm (also known as Cardboard Plant and Zamia furfuracea) actually is a cycad instead of a palm, but its fronds resemble palms. The shrub is native to the Americas, especially areas with tropical climates. It's a tough plant that requires bright light but little care. If you live in zones 9 to 11, you can grow Cardboard Palm outdoors. If not, pot it as a pretty tropical houseplant.

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. The fleshy leaves are a deep green for an exotic look and a perfect backdrop for flowering plants in the landscape or indoor containers. Because the trunk is thick and fleshy, Cardboard Palm can handle drought, just adding to its easy care.

Cardboard Palm Care

Water your new Cardboard Palm a little more often in the first year, until it is established in the ground or container. After that, only water when the soil feels dry; too much water can cause root rot. The plants can handle direct sunlight or part shade. The only thing they can't take is freezing cold. Cardboard Palms grow slowly, another perfect indoor plant feature. You can fertilize twice a year (early spring and fall) if you like. All parts of Cardboard Palm are toxic, so keep your plant away from curious pets.

Cardboard Palm Spacing

In the landscape, plant your Cardboard Palm in well-draining soil no closer than 6 feet to other plants if possible. The easy-care plant grows well indoors in regular potting mix and will need repotting after a few years if the roots outgrow the container.

Cardboard Palm Plant Facts

Light Requirement: Bright Light
Maintenance: Low
Watering: Average
Height: 4 - 5 Feet Tall
Spread: 6 Feet Wide
Habit: Mounded
Foliage Color(s): Deep Green
Flower Color: N/A
Bloom Period: N/A
Scientific Name: Zamia furfuracea
Common Name: Cardboard Palm

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.