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Palm Tree Care - Part I

Updated on January 12, 2018

How to Take Care of Palm Trees

Most palm trees doesn't require much care other than some easy basic stuff like protecting them from frost, pruning etcetera. However a few of them does require some care. In this hub we'll take a look at some care tips for a few commonly grown hardy and non-hardy palm trees. This hub is divided in two parts, so don't forget to read the second part by visiting the link given at the end of this hub.

The Ponytail Palm
The Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm

A beautiful Palm that is native to the semi-desert areas of Mexico. It is also known as the elephant foot and bottle palm. It is in fact a succulent and the elephant foot like structure on the base of its stem is where the water for droughts is stored. A hardy plant which will thrive better if you just plant it at the right location and forget it.

  • Plant it in partially sandy soil.
  • Place it in direct sunlight.
  • Water once in a week or two weeks throughly.

Bamboo Palm (
Bamboo Palm (

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm is a beautiful houseplant native to the tropics of Central America.

  • Do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Prune near-dead branches on a regular basis.
  • Keep the soil moist, but let it dry for some between waterings.
  • Fertilize with a mild fertilizer.
  • Prefers moderate temperatures. Temperatures under 50 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods can harm this palm.

The Sago Palm
The Sago Palm

Sago Palm

The sago palm is a slow growing, beautiful plant that is commonly kept in houses round the globe. It is not a palm, but a cycad which is a separate group of plants. It is easy to care for sago palms.

  • Place it in full sunlight. Will also thrive in partial shade.
  • Prune the lower leaves to encourage new growth.
  • The soil should be well drained and sandy.
  • Let the soil dry between waterings. The plant has high drought tolerance.
  • Cold tolerant to about 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pindo(Jelly) Palm (
Pindo(Jelly) Palm (

Pindo(Jelly) Palm

This amazing palm is known for the edible fruit it bears which is quite delicious and used in making jellys. The pindo palm is also commonly known as the jelly palm and wine palm. Also, This slow-growing palm will not grow very tall, reaching maximum heights of about 25 feet tall. It is native to central-southern Brazil and adjacent areas. The pindo palm is a hardy plant and doesn't require much care, still here are some tips.

  • Fertilize them a few times in spring.
  • They can thrive in full sunlight to partial shade areas.

Coconut Palms
Coconut Palms

Coconut Palm

One of the most commonly grown palm trees. I believe it is the most commonly grown palm and is known for the amazing fruit it bears. Here are some care tips for this amazing palm.

  • Plant it in soil with about 40% sand.
  • Place in a location with full direct sunlight.
  • Water frequently. Infrequent watering will easily kill it.
  • Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods can also kill it or make it look really sick.

More Palm Trees

To read care tips for some other common palm trees visit: Palm Tree Care - Part II


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      7 years ago

      On the bamboo palm, I'm not familiar. Most palms I never like to trim anything since the mature and fronds are the energy source.


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