How to Trim Indoor Palm Trees


Palm trees of many types thrive indoors. These indoor palm trees add a tropical ambience to any environment. According to the University of Minnesota, the parlor palm, the reed palm and the bamboo palm all grow well indoors and in low light. Indoor palm trees must be kept warm and well-watered, as they are mostly tropical plants. Most indoor palms only need to be trimmed when their fronds are browning.

Step 1

Remove any dead, dying or browning fronds from the base of the indoor palm with the pruning shears. Also remove any fronds that are loosely attached to the trunk of the palm. Trim off these fronds as they occur.

Step 2

Remove any sprouts from the lower trunk of the palm with the pruning shears. Cut them off at the base of the palm as they occur.

Step 3

Remove any fronds growing low on the trunk or any unwanted bulk from the base of the palm tree. Trim it off at the base of the palm with the pruning shears.

Step 4

Remove any fronds that are growing downwards. Cut them off at the base of the palm with the pruning shears.

Tips and Warnings

  • Remove as little green growth from the indoor palm as you can. Removing green fronds could hurt the palm.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • University of Minnesota: Growing Palms Indoors
  • The Best Garden Palm Trees: Trimming Palm Trees
  • Plant Care Guru: Pruning Indoor Plants
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.