How Do You Care for a Palm Tree?

To care for palm trees, ensure that the plant has sufficient drainage, and feed it regularly when it is in the growing season. Resist the temptation to over-trim the palm tree to keep it healthy. Palm trees cannot thrive when temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Give your plant the right environment for proper drainage

    Use a base of somewhat sandy soil, and make sure that the pot or planting area drains well, as excess water can lead to blight.

  2. Resist the temptation to replant

    Wait until the root system of the palm has completely filled up its current pot or planting area before moving it to an area with more room, as this slows down the growth rate and keeps it from taking over a public space.

  3. Incorporate the right nutrients when feeding the palm tree

    Add a palm fertilizer during the growing season, as this chemical gives your tree the required micronutrients as well as a boost in manganese and potassium. Look for brown or yellow fronds, as they are a sign that the palm tree is not getting enough potassium.

  4. Take care when trimming

    Avoid the temptation to hack off every frond when it shows a yellow spot or a brown stripe, as over-pruning takes important nutrients from the plant. Take off leaves when they have completely turned brown, but always make sure that the tree has at least three or four new fronds.