Top Questions About Cardboard Palm Trees

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Questions About Cardboard Palm Trees

Asked by
annieorchard on
March 31, 2013

Q. How Do I Separate My Cardboard Palm?

My cardboard palm is very old, more than 20 yrs in the same big pot. It is so crowded with pups that it has stunted the way it normally looks. The root system is HUGE, like it needs a saw to cut it apart! I am afraid to transplant it for fear I will kill the plant. What do I do. . . saw them apart from each other or not?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
April 1, 2013
A.

This article might help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sago-palm/prune-sago-palm.htm

This link takes you to a forum on your question: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/palms/msg0222061726951.html

I've never divided a cycad. When I divide any plant, I use either a sharp knife or saw. This sounds harsh, but actually does less damage than trying to wiggle them apart.

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Asked by
wdavidneely on
March 30, 2015

Q. cardboard palm leaf drop

I have an indoor cardboard palm that hasn’t gotten a leaf in two years. They come out (much slower than the past ones) and turn brown, or they start to leaf out and turn brown. I’ve tried more water, less water, more fertilizer, less fertilizer but it doesn’t seem to help. The fronds are not forming like they should. I live in PA. Help me! Thank you.

Answered by
shelley on
March 30, 2015
Certified Expert
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You mentioned watering schedules and fertilizer, but what kind of lighting is it in most of the day? Cardboard palms thrive in moderate to bright light.

Also, what type of fertilizer did you use? You should fertilize with a slow release palm food or a diluted household plant food once monthly during the growing season

Lastly, is it possible the cardboard palm is root bound? That would stress the plant and cause erratic growth and problems. I'd take a look at the roots and see if something's amiss. You might give it a new pot with fresh potting soil and add some extra perlite to facilitate drainage.

For more information on cardboard palms, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/cardboard-palm-plants/growing-cardboard-palms.htm

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Asked by
gwandpwood on
October 28, 2015

Q. Cardboard Palm question

I want to split my cardboard palm into 3 separate plants, as it has 3 heads which are all joined together. Is this possible? It is about 4 years old and growing well and the plant is healthy it is housed in a pot.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 30, 2015
Certified Expert
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No you should not try to separate the plant in this manner. I believe your referring to the male and female cones that have formed.

Propagation by seed is the best way to grow more plants.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/cardboard-palm-plants/growing-cardboard-palms.htm

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Asked by
bbobetich on
September 19, 2016

Q. Cardboard plants

What is the pine shaped cone that grows out of the cardboard plant?

Answered by
Alisma on
September 20, 2016
Certified Expert
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The cardboard plant, botanical name Zamia furfuracea, is a member of the cycad order, an ancient order in the plant kingdom. It is related to sago palms. The cone that you see in the center is the seedpod of the plant. Like most cycads, it looks something like a pine cone.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/cardboard-palm-plants/growing-cardboard-palms.htm

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Asked by
mardonlol on
May 14, 2017

Q. Cardboard Palm

Our cardboard palms appear to be a little pale (light green}
Is there anything we can put on them to “green” them up?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 16, 2017
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Asked by
janda44 on
May 29, 2017

Q. Pruning zambia or cardboard palm

We have 2 plants in our front yard. They are beautiful. My problem is that they are growing so large and spreading out. I have no idea how to prune these and do not want to lose them. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Joyce Dickinson

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 30, 2017
Certified Expert
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A late winter rejuvenation pruning is often needed to remove dead or declining leaves and to reshape the plants. Out of bounds shoots can be removed during warmer months.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/cardboard-palm-plants/growing-cardboard-palms.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 15, 2017

Q. Zamia cardboard palm

Recently planted a zamia that has a 4″ cone. The cone is wilting but the rest of the plant looks fine. Anything to be concerned with? Should the cone be pruned? Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 15, 2017
Certified Expert
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The cone is probably just finished and is naturally wilting, so you could leave it until it comes off naturally. You can optionally prune the cone off. If you do, it may be best to dust the cut area with a fungicide to prevent anything from getting into the wound.

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