Pygmy Palm Care
The Pygmy Palm requires little care. It adapts well to any environments. They are the most adaptive when they grow in containers.
It grows well in full sun or partial shade. The trees can also tolerate low light surroudings. For best results, move the tree outside during hot months to give bright light and heat.
Keep the soil moist, it needs constant and ample water. It can withstand occasional flooding. Avoid overwater it, the roots can rot.
Also they are more drought tolerant that most palms. As they prefer moderately moist soil, you need to protect the soil from drying out.
The trees can tolerate a wide range of soil types: clay, loam, sand, acidic but it is best suited to well-drained soils. It prefers rich lightly packed soil. If the soil is packed too tightly, you can add sand.
It needs fertilizer especially when it grows. It does best when it is fertilizered during hot months with a water soluble fertilizer. Fertilize at least twice per year. Without fertilizing the trees can develop potassium and magnesium deficiency symptons. Fertilize the tree by mixing the soil with manure or earthworm humus every 2-3 years. Excess fertilizer can be harmful to trees.
It is hardy to 20 degrees but needs protection from lower temperatures. It can withstand temperatures slightly below freezing without no damage or with minor leaf damage once they have been established. During winter you can move a container inside.
The crown requires occasional trimming of dead and browned older leaves for best look. You should prune sparingly and be very careful with the lower trunk and roots, you can’t damage them. Because the lower leaflets have sharp thorns, wear glovers when you trim off Phoenix Roebelenii.
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