ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Palm Tree Care Basics

Updated on October 6, 2015

There are palm trees that appear to be the same for years on end without ever growing an inch. Other palm trees when transplanted are bound for a slow death that could take years until they fade away. The most important thing for a palm tree to grow healthy and show their natural beauty is the quality of soil where they are put in.

In growing cities where transplanting ornamental palm trees is a common rule, sometimes the soil where they are transplanted to is nutrient deficient, too compacted and asphyxiating due to asphalt and cement in these new or renovated urban areas.

One other of the many fatal mistakes is planting palm trees in heavy clay soil. Heavy clay soil will asphyxiate the roots as well as for good water drainage with this type of soil is almost non-existent.

If this is the case than the ground around the palm tree should be dug up and substituted with nutrient rich good draining soil mixed with sand.

Before doing this soil replacement be sure you stake up the palm with three or four long two by fours, cables or heavy ropes just in case any unexpected winds pass by and cause the palm to tip over.

After this soil change the result will be radically visible in a few weeks.

While you´re there, adding some mycorrhizal root booster will greatly improve the palm. This mycorrhizal root booster is a natural fungi that co-exists with tree roots and plants in nature.

This will increase the root area of a plant or tree considerably by helping it to carry on and grow naturally even if under conditions of stress.

Another of the most common problems with palms is caused by a lack of nutrients or inappropriate fertilization.

Since palms grow better in sandy soils, which in turn have good drainage, nutrients can seep away easily from the reach of roots. There are on the market fertilizers that you can get specifically for palms.

Weeds, grass or even flowers too close to the base of the trunk of a palm, steal nutrients as well. Make sure you have at least one meter clear all around the tree. Place some gravel or wood chips on this area.

The correct amount of water for healthy palm tree growth is also essential. Pending on your location and weather, palm trees need deep watering but just on occasion.

Watering your palm just a bit every day in the summer could be a mistake. The top roots could be getting water while deep anchor roots could tend to turn upwards trying to reach for that important moisture and in turn provoke your palm tree to develop more shallow roots. This is one of the main reasons palm trees tip over during heavy winds.

As the palm tree grows, the older leaves will turn brown and die. They will eventually fall off in time, but you can always make your palm tree look nicer and as well make it grow faster.

For more information on cutting palms you can visit Palm Tree Trimming.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • nelson soares profile imageAUTHOR

      nelson soares 

      7 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      Hi Sanri, to help you out I need to know the palms variety, then I can help you out!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi, I got a love palm for Valentine's Day, but I have no idea how to take care of it? When to give it water,how much water or even how much sunlight it needs? Can anyone please help me with this?

    • nelson soares profile imageAUTHOR

      nelson soares 

      8 years ago from Sunny Algarve

      Thanks BkCreative, I´ll be writing more on palms in the near future! Keep in touch and thanks again!

    • BkCreative profile image


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love love love palm trees. Of course they cannot grow in New York because it is too cold but as I plan to move south I would love to have them. I will bookmark your hub for reference so I can remember to provide the right soil.

      Thanks so much! Love the photo too!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)