How to Trim an Indoor Palm Tree


Palm trees are a versatile genus of trees that thrives both indoors and out. When a palm tree is outdoors, natural forces such as wind and rain will assist the tree in shedding its dead branches. Indoor plants require more help in removing their dead branches and in maintaining their overall appearance.

Step 1

Pour some vinegar into a bowl and place the blades of the shears into the vinegar for at least five minutes. Vinegar is a natural antimicrobial and anti-rust solution that will clean and sterilize the shears.

Step 2

Wipe the shears off with a towel and remove any traces of dirt or other plant debris.

Step 3

Isolate the yellow or brown fronds from the others by pushing them away so that you can clearly see the base of the stem.

Step 4

Trim the frond at the base of the stem with a clean single cut. This will prevent fraying and promote faster healing.

Step 5

Clean up the dead fronds and discard them.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning sheers
  • Vinegar
  • Towel


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Keywords: palm tree care, pruning palm trees, indoor palm trees

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