The Q&A Archives: Pigmy Palm

Question: I have a Pigmy Palm that I have a problem getting to green up. Do you recomend more water or fertilizer? It gets morning sun only afternoon shade.

Answer: Pygmy date palm is one of the most widely used landscape palms in the United States. This palm's small stature, slow growth, easy care and graceful crown have made it a popular accent plant in tropical settings. Pygmy palms do best with regular feeding and watering; they should not be allowed to dry out. If located in full sun, water 3 times per week in summer months and at least 2 times per week in winter weather. Shade locations usually will use less water. To bring you pygmy date palm back to health, use palm fertilizer, which has magnesium and manganese as well as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The existing yellow fronds will never recover, but after proper feeding the new growth will be green and stay green. Apply in amounts and with the frequency as recommended on the fertilizer package.

Best wishes with your palm!

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