How to Fertilize a Queen Palm With Rite Green

Overview

Queen Palms, known for their production of dates, are not native to the US. However, Queen Palms thrive in areas with hot weather, as they grow well in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, according to the University of Florida. They grow between 25 to 50 feet tall with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. Queen Palms grow best in full sun and they can handle a large range of soil types, although they prefer acidic soil. Queen palms grow quickly, but they need to be fertilized to grow well. Rite Green Palm fertilizer is a 7-3-7 fertilizer made specifically for palm trees. Apply this fertilizer every three months.

Step 1

Measure the Queen Palm trunk and write down the diameter. Set aside 8 oz. of fertilizer for each inch of the palm's trunk's diameter.

Step 2

Sprinkle the Rite Green 1 foot away from the base of the Queen Palm with your hands. Sprinkle the fertilizer around the tree in a circle.

Step 3

Poke about 10 holes, 2 to 3 inches deep, in the area you sprinkled the fertilizer, with a stick. The holes should be about 1 inch in diameter or less.

Step 4

Water the ground around the fertilizer for 10 to 20 minutes with a hose to allow the Rite Green to soak into the ground. Water all around the tree where you sprinkled the fertilizer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not apply fertilizer on dry ground. Always water your Queen palm when applying fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Measuring tape
  • Stick

References

  • University of Florida: Queen Palms
  • Southern Living: Around Your Garden
  • Broward County Florida: Palm Tree Care
  • University of North Carolina: Understanding the Fertilizer Label
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About this Author

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.