How to Care for a Pygmy Date Palm

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How to Care for a Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy palm tree care. (Palm Tree image by from

The pygmy Date Palm is one of the popular indoor palms that add a tropical touch instantly to any room with its textured fronds and arching. A healthy pygmy Date Palm grows about six feet tall and three feet wide, and it requires little maintenance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shear
  • Garden gloves

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  1. 1

    Make sure that the pygmy Date Palm gets enough sunlight. The palm tree does best with plenty of indirect sunlight from the east, south or north direction.

  2. 2

    Use a well-drained potting mix. The pygmy Date Palm prefers moist soil. If the soil gets too compacted, add equal portions of sand and perlite to the soil. Perlite helps with drainage and aeration in the soil.

  3. 3

    Fertilise monthly with a fertiliser that contains potassium and magnesium sulphate. Micronutrient deficiency is one of the common problems with pygmy Date Palms. Follow the manufacturer's directions when applying the fertiliser. Too much fertiliser will cause brown leaves.

  4. 4

    Inspect the palm tree at least once a month for pests. Mites, mealy bugs and aphids are often attracted to pygmy Date Palm trees. Treat the insects with insecticides according to the manufacturer's directions.

  5. 5

    Prune the dead and browned leaves with the pruning shear. Wear garden gloves when pruning as the lower leaflets have sharp thorns. Do not prune the green leaflets as they supply the nutrients to the tree.

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