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Caring for Your Trees

Caring for Your Christmas Palm

Christmas Palm, scientifically known as Adonidia merrillii, is a popular tropical palm tree that can be bought in single stem, double stem, triple stem and even quad stem arrangements. Here are some care tips:


1. Light: Prefers bright, indirect sunlight.

2. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

3. Soil: Well-draining soil is essential for healthy growth. Christmas palms do well in pots just assure the pots have drainage holes at the bottom.

4. Temperature: Thrives in warm climates; protect from cold drafts and temps under 35 degrees. When its colder temps outside refrain from wetting the leaves in the late afternoon.

5. Fertilization: Use a balanced fertilizer to maintain vibrant foliage and a healthy and happy palm. 20-20-20 is a great choice and can be used 2-3 times per month.

6. Pruning: Remove dead or damaged fronds to maintain appearance. Christmas palms are self cleaning. This means that the fronds will Begin to separate as they die off. You can help opening the split up to take them off.

7. Pest Control: Watch for pests like spider mites and scale insects. A copper fungicide helps with brown spots and other fungi. Most pests can be controlled with a simple dish soap and water solution. Mix 50/50 in a spray bottle and spray the foliage when necessary. 

Remember, local conditions may influence care requirements.


Pruning Christmas Palms is relatively simple and keeps your palm(s) happy and healthy.

Here are some tips:


1. Dead Fronds: Regularly remove dead or yellowing fronds. This enhances the palm’s appearance and redirects energy to healthier growth.

2. Trimming: If you notice fronds with brown tips, trim them back to the green portion. Use clean, sharp pruning shears for a neat cut.

3. Avoid Over-Pruning: While it’s essential to remove dead or damaged fronds, avoid over-pruning healthy ones. Palms derive nutrients from their fronds, and excessive removal can stress the plant.

4. Timing: Prune Christmas Palms as needed throughout the year. However, avoid pruning during the growing season as it may interfere with the palm’s natural growth.

5. Petiole Removal: Some gardeners prefer to leave a portion of the petiole (leaf stem) when pruning, as completely removing it can create a “hurricane cut” look. This is a matter of personal preference.

Remember to wear protective gear, such as gloves, when pruning to avoid potential scratches from the palm’s fronds.


Peter’s 20-20-20

Super Thrive

12-4-12 Palm Special slow release granular fertilizer

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