CARDBOARD PALM

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COMMON NAME Cardboard Palm, Zamia
BOTANICAL NAME Zamia furfuracea
HEIGHT 5′ to 10′
WIDTH 5′
DIOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 1,000 years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 25° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply once a week for the rest of the season. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Do not over water, can cause root rot. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE High
SALT TOLERANCE High
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun to bright light
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a slow-release palm fertilizer with a 3:1:3 or 4:1:6 ratio three times a year, once in the Spring, Summer, and then in the Fall. Halt fertilizing in the Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunk.
FLOWER Produces yellow-white cones
MONTH OF COLOR Spring
FRUIT Many small, 1 inch oval red fruits. Inedible.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Prehistoric looking cycad, related to sago and coontie. Unique cardbord-like, stiff leaves. Native to Mexico.
PRICE 15 gallon $75