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Samintitusville
Oct 13, 2017 7:02 AM CST
Help! I need to trim my palms back but I don't know how.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Oct 13, 2017 8:10 AM CST
I would start by clipping a couple of the older leaves on the bottom and see what that looks like. It's hard to tell, how many are in there?
Central Florida
Samintitusville
Oct 13, 2017 9:03 AM CST
I have three in each planter. I'm not worried about the thickness, it's the height. If I just cut off the tallest fronds I'll have a thick stump that looks like this.
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WillC
Oct 13, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Each Palm plant has a single growing tip. If that tip is damaged or cut off, then that plant will very slowly die. You can prune off side fronds, but not the uppermost one.
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ScotTi
Oct 13, 2017 6:30 PM CST
The palm looks to be Dypsis lutescens aka golden cane palm, butterfly palm and areca palm. Dypsis lutescens can have the tall trunks cut to the ground as new growth stems will emerge from the base. D lutescens is a clumping type of palm.
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Samintitusville
Oct 13, 2017 8:47 PM CST
ScotTi said:The palm looks to be Dypsis lutescens aka golden cane palm, butterfly palm and areca palm. Dypsis lutescens can have the tall trunks cut to the ground as new growth stems will emerge from the base. D lutescens is a clumping type of palm.

Thank you. I think I'll give it a go cutting it close to the ground and see what happens.
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ScotTi
Oct 15, 2017 6:35 AM CST
Samintitusville said:
Thank you. I think I'll give it a go cutting it close to the ground and see what happens.


That's the good thing about the D. lutescens no harm done on cutting down the growing trunk as it always has little replacement shoots to fill the space.

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My planting has been damaged a couple of times here from a hard freeze over the last 19 years. Some of the taller trunks were killed (and cut out) and quickly replaced by the new ground growth.

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