The Q&A Archives: Palms

Question: What can I do to keep my palm plants from turning yellow?

Answer: Yellowing palm fronds indicate overwatering, underwatering, or watering with hard water. It can also be a reaction to cold drafts. General care guidelines include: give your palms average household temperatures, minimum of 50F degrees in the winter, bright light with some direct sunlight, allow the top of the soil to dry out before applying water (be sure to water thoroughly when you do apply water), and avoid drafts. If the older fronds are turning yellow, but the new growth looks healthy, it could be just the natural renewal of the plant. Cut the older fronds off to allow more room for the new fronds to develop.

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