Pigmy Date Palm - Knowledgebase Question

Maricopa, Ar
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Question by carmelmnms
September 22, 2009
Many of the palm's leaf tips have turned brown due to summer heat. When would it be safe to prune these leafs off the plant? Or just the tips?(The palm is young.)

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2009
You can remove the lower fronds when they begin to age. If you look at the palm and consider the top to be 12 o'clock, you can remove anything that is lower than 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. If the affected leaves are not hanging down that low, you can simply prune off the dead tips to make the palm look more attractive. The brown leaf tips can indicate a need for more water. Pygmy date palms can take as much water as you'll give them. Next summer try increasing the water to your palm and the fronds should not develop brown tips.

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