A little bit about the Cascade palm

This Mexican native is a hardy and versatile clumping palm, and will be content in your garden or your home.


Botanical name: Chamaedorea atroviren

Height 1.5 metres Width: 1.8 metres

Ideal position: Cascade palms like a moist, sheltered spot with good drainage. A full sun position is fine, as long as it gets plenty of water.

Suitable spots: Great in the garden and as an indoor plant.


Caring tips


Start by digging through Flower Power’s Supersoil Compost Cow Manure. The key to establishing a lush, happy palm (especially in autumn and winter) is to keep its roots warm with layers of mulch and manure. Palms love organic matter, so for best results, mulch with enriched cow manure, tea tree mulch or Organic Active 8 Soil Improver and Planting Mix.


Fertilise fortnightly from spring to autumn with Nitrosol Liquid Blood and Bone.


Trim old leaves when they turn brown.


The Cascade palm likes to be kept moist, especially while it’s getting established. But once established, keep it dry in winter and moist in summer.


The Cascade palm can suffer from plant scale. To combat this, spray with PestOil or eco-oil, but keep in mind, scale is a sign that your palm is nutritionally deficient, so make sure to also feed and mulch your palm. Palm dart is a butterfly that likes to munch on palm trees. You can keep it away using a caterpillar spray, such as Success ULTRA.