Trimming Mexican Palms - Knowledgebase Question

Wills Point, TX
Avatar for wayne_debbie
Question by wayne_debbie
August 17, 2005
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 from NGA
August 17, 2005

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.

Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by CAKnapp and is called "Ice Plant"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.