Palm Tree Care - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by ericsevere
November 14, 1999
I have a small (about 3') palm tree in my house that I re-potted a couple of months ago. Almost all of the fronds imediately turned brown. However, new growth appears to be healthy (2 new green fronds, and a couple of green shoots).
My question is should I trim off the old, brown fronds? Some are half green and half brown-should I trim off the brown areas? If I am to trim these seemingly dead fronds, do I just cut them off at the trunk?
This palm has been in my home for nearly 20 years, and I'm afraid to hurt it.

Answer from NGA
November 14, 1999


Palms tend to resent repotting but it sounds like yours will be fine since it is putting out new growth. Trim off the brown foliage and if the entire frond is brown simply cut it off at the trunk -- a saw can be helpful.

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