Queen Palm Maintenance

Overview

The queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) has a single trunk topped by green, feather-shaped leaves that droop over the top of the tree. The leaves are soft to the touch. This palm tree is often grown to line streets, but it can also be grown on your property. Growing to a height of 25 to 50 feet, the palm prefers an acidic, well-drained soil. The queen palm is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 9B to 11.

Step 1

Keep your queen palm in its original location if it is getting a good amount of sunlight. If it isn't, transplant it. Queen palm needs full sun--at least 12 hours of sun a day.

Step 2

Fertilize with a manganese-rich fertilizer to prevent frizzle top. This is especially important in more alkaline soils. Mix the fertilizer with water in the amounts stated on the packaging. Fertilize two to three times a year--once in the spring, summer and fall.

Step 3

Water your queen palm until the water seeps 6 inches down into the soil. This will ensure that the water reaches the roots. Water the palm three times a week in spring, summer and fall, but twice a week in winter.

Step 4

Hose down the leaves of your queen palm occasionally to keep off the palm leaf skeletonizer. This pest can do damage to your palm tree if it is allowed to remain on the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Manganese-rich fertilizer
  • Hose

References

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service: Syagrus Romanzoffiana--Queen Palm
  • Pacific Palms Nursery: Queen Palm Health
Keywords: Queen Palm care, palm tree care, palm tree maintenance, Syagrus romanzoffiana care

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