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Question: I have two Mexican Palm Trees that I planted from a one gallon container about 8 years ago. I have been cutting of the dead palm leaves. This leaves the end of the branch layered all the way up the tree. It seems that the ones on the bottom of the tree seem to be rotting and getting ants in them. I pulled some of the layers away and found bugs. The plants seem healthy. They are probably 8 ft tall now. Someone mentioned you were suppose to take all the layers off under the palm branches and have a smooth trunk. I need to know if this needs to be done, and if so, how do I do that.

Answer: Debbie,

Yes you can remove those leaf stems from the trunk to tidy things up a bit. This is easier to do on some palms than on others but on Mexican Fan Palm the leaf fronds are typically pruned back to the trunk. You can just decide how you wish them to look and how much trouble you want to go to. It is up to you.

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